Mikey Howe

CEO, COO, founding partner, Head of product




Experienced Founding Partner, CEO, COO and Head of Product with a passion for building businesses and products, particularly marketplaces and SaaS.

Strong experience building a product vision and executing on it. Used to working cross-functionally between product management, sales, marketing, finance and design.

Speaker at General Assembly, Google Campus, Soho House. Published co-author of the Escape Manifesto and featured on TV, radio and in multiple publications.


Email: mike.a.howe@gmail.com




2018 - Present (Bristol, UK)

  • Running a software development company building tech for 100s of startups and scaleups.

  • Investing in startups pre-seed.

  • Mentoring startups.

  • Running a Founders Academy.

ESCAPE THE CITY, Founding Partner, COO, head of product

2011 - 2018 (London & New York)

Escape the City is one of the UK's most successful job board platforms and education businesses.

  • 7,000+ employers including companies like airbnb, monzo, uber, transferwise, crowdcube, seedrs, virgin galactic

  • 400,000+ registered candidates

  • 2,000+ Alumni from 3 month Startup and Career Change accelerator programmes

  • 35,000+ tickets sold to Esc events

Founding Partner / COO Responsibilities:

  • Leading and managing teams

  • Building company vision and strategy

  • Hiring, onboarding, offboarding and performance management

  • Building company dashboards and setting KPIs across the team

Head of Product Responsibilities:

  • Define product vision and strategy

  • Build product roadmap aligned with company vision

  • Develop new products and enhance existing ones

  • Identify product opportunities

  • Understand customer needs and gather product requirements

  • Work closely with developers to build the best technical implementation

  • Work cross-functionally between sales, marketing and finance

  • Product design, wire-framing, UI and UX

  • Track key metrics and feed data into product decisions


2007 - 2011 (London)

My main responsibility involved working in Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and managing financial assets of over $1 billion. I was required to have a deep understanding of the stock markets and economic trends in order to deliver positive financial returns during what was one of the most volatile economic periods in recent history.


2006 - 2007 (London)

DIT is responsible for supporting British trade and business overseas. My responsibility was to monitor and analyse the effectiveness of that support throughout the world and use that data to identify ways to improve performance of the embassies and their teams. The role involved regular travel to present findings to senior embassy staff overseas.



durham university, UK


General assembly, UK

Front end development 12 weeks



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The Escape Manifesto

Published 2013 with Capstone/Wiley

Rob, Dom and Mikey were fed up with the corporate treadmill. When they decided to change careers, they looked for a website to help them escape – except there wasn’t one. So they started their own. 7 years later and they have started a movement called Escape the City. Over 300,000 people have joined the platform in pursuit of exciting and unconventional careers. They are the first online start-up in the world to raise more than £600,000 in investment equity crowdfunding – and they did this entirely from their own members.

The Escape Manifesto is the book that the guys wish they had read five years ago on the London Underground when they were commuting back and forth from their corporate cubicles. It is an inspirational call to action, packed with practical advice and encouragement. If you work in a corporate job that doesn’t make you tick and you have ever wondered whether there is more to life, this book is for you. Step off the corporate treadmill – find an exciting job, start your own business, or go on a big adventure. Stop dreaming, start planning and do something different!



I’ve worked with Mikey both under his management, and alongside him in a leadership team. His natural capacity for understanding people can’t be understated, and is combined with an instinctively strategic outlook.

His nuanced understanding of both individual and business needs makes him an impressive and well-respected leader, with a particular ability to define and implement scalable processes in a thoughtful and team-centred way.

His example has taught me (and many others) not only how to manage growing teams effectively and with authenticity - but how to lead a business consistently and sustainably in the context of unpredictability that characterises startup life.
— Becca Warner, Brand Strategist