Name: Michael Hoyos
Nicknames: Mike Van Hoyos, Cool Mike, The Dictator, MVH
Originated From: Miami, FL & Medellin, Colombia (my soflo brotha)
Undergrad Institution: University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School
Job Before Booth: Worked In Private Equity In Miami And Then Started An Advisory Business “Kensho Ventures” Which Provided Deal Advisory For Ultra High Net-Worth Family Offices And Strategy Consulting For Start-Ups And Non-Profits
Summer & Post-Grad Position: Co-Founder & Partner of “The Conscious Fund”
okay…now for the good stuff:
Prior To Booth
Traveling the world as I ran Kensho was amazing experience that I’m extremely grateful for. Growing up in a very working-class neighborhood of Miami, I couldn’t have imagined some of the experiences I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy these past few years. I’m very fortunate that at a young age my dad always encouraged me to be an entrepreneur, so I’ve always had this vague notion of wanting to be a “businessman” for a living. After I graduated from Penn I followed a traditional path to a big Wall Street bank and began my career at JPMorgan where I worked in asset management in the Latin American group. While I was there I felt really out of place, everything about working there felt antithetical to who I was as a person— I knew a traditional finance career was not for me.
Luckily, early on I met a young ex-McKinsey private equity consultant in Miami that was transitioning his advisory business into a principal investments business and he hired me to help him bring that vision to life. As his associate, I learned the basics of building a private equity business from scratch and got see what it takes to bring that sort of idea from concept to reality. Three years later, after successfully building the business and co-leading the firm’s first major acquisition, I felt I needed to do something different. I felt unfulfilled. So, I took a month-long sabbatical to India. While I was there I got to participate in a Dalai Lama-led Buddhist ceremony called the Kalachakra and I spent some time meditating in Hindu ashrams (got to stay next to the now closed “Beatles ashram” in Rishikesh!). The clarity I received through those experiences made it clear it was time for a change. Thus, Kensho Ventures was born.
He’s as dope as he seems – and if you don’t believe me you should check out his instagram.
Best Trip Of Your Life Thus Far:
The one into my own mind
If You Didn’t Have To Work What Would You Do:
Be an eccentric contemporary artist
Currently Reading / Listening to:
What Did You Do This Summer?
I spent the summer focused on managing deal flow, investor outreach and building out a lot of the infrastructure for “The Conscious Fund“, which is an early-stage venture capital fund focused on psychedelic healthcare.
The Beatles, A$AP Rocky, Claptone, Tame Impala, Pink Floyd
What do you think made you unique in the MBA app process?
I march to the beat of my own drum 🙂
What App Needs To Be Made:
An app called “Boat Match” that matches old rich people with boats with young beautiful people that want to be on boats #genius
What Is Special About The Place Where You Grew Up?
Miami is a unique place because of the strong Latin American influence. Growing up, I didn’t even learn to speak English until Elementary school. When I go back home there are times where I forget I’m in the United States, I love it!
Favorite Disney Movie:
The Princess and the Frog
Random Walk Location & Favorite Memory:
Iceland! Cramming everyone into my cabin for vino and games out in the middle of nowhere and then staying up until 4am trying to see the Northern Lights was amazing.
What Job Would You Be Terrible At :
Any 9-5 job
What Age Do You Want To Live Until:
I’m surprised I’ve made it this long to be honest
What Do You Wish You Knew More About:
Pre-Columbian Latin American Indigenous History
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU LIVE?
On the beach in Tulum, Mexico
What Is Worth Splurging On Everytime:
UberX instead of Uber Pool
How Will You Make Your Life A “Good Life”?
By continually remembering that life is very fleeting, and using that to calibrate what is worth spending my time on.
WHAT COULD YOU GIVE A 40-MINUTE PRESENTATION ON WITH ABSOLUTELY NO PREPARATION?
A breakdown of the psychedelic healthcare industry
HOW WILL THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT POST COVID-19?
People are going to be less limited by geography. We’re going to see people embrace dispersed and global teams and people will benefit from intellectual capital that is more spread out. We’ve proved that that model can work. A lot of industries that tend to be centered around certain locations (e.g. Finance in NY, Tech in San Fran) they will be able to tap into broader talent pools.
What’s The Hardest Lesson You’ve Learned Thus Far?
That life and the system doesn’t reward hard work, it rewards the right work. Also, that you have to ask for what you want and go out and get it, don’t expect people to just give it to you.
Most Memorable Gift That You’ve Ever Received:
A full ride to Booth
What Lifestyle Changes Are You Trying To Make?
Less late night Taco Bell visits.
What Do You Think Makes A Good Friend – How Much Do You Live Up To Your Standards?
Empathy & Dependability. I want my friends to know they can always count on me, I do my best every day to live up to that.
What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?
Go to space
Give psychedelics to world leaders
Do You Think That Aliens Exist?
I think there is a lot that we don’t know that we don’t know
Who Do You Go Out Of Your Way To Be Nice To?
People that aren’t being nice
Which Industries Do You Think Will Be Revolutionized Soon?
Mental Health & Addiction Treatment
If Magic Was Real, Which Spell Would You Try First?
Magic is real.
What Do You Want To Get Out Of B-School?
Strong lifelong friendships along with the time and resources to successfully raise my first fund
Whats The Oldest Thing That You Own:
A crystal whiskey decanter from my grandfather
What Would Your Last Meal Be?
A very serious Mac and Cheese
How Would You Describe Your Booth Experience
Booth has given me the flexibility to double down on personal and professional interests and really spend time exploring and cultivating them rather than wasting time elsewhere!