Mikal E. Belicove is a magazine contributor, book author, and ghost writer who specializes in strategy, emerging technologies, entrepreneurship, legal issues and more. The third edition of his latest co-authored book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Facebook,” was published by Penguin Group (USA), while Mikal’s next book, “Strategy: You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about!,” is set to publish in early-2018.
Mikal wrote the “Build a Website” and “Ask a Geek” columns for Entrepreneur magazine from April 2009 until December 2016, The Business End blog for Forbes Magazine, the ‘EdTech Matters’ column for Today’s Campus magazine, and has contributed to SUCCESS Magazine, Natural Foods Merchandiser and NewHope360.com, among other. His thoughts and opinions have been featured in and cited by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessInsider.com, CNBC.com, American Express OPEN, U.S. World & News Report, TheStreet.com, The Globe and Mail, PC World, and Yahoo! Finance.
In addition to his writing, Mikal has served on South by Southwest’s (SXSW) Accelerator Advisory Board, Keystone College’s Board of Trustees, Cottonwood Institute’s Advisory Board, and is often asked to speak at business conferences across the globe. Mikal often freelances at the intersection of brand journalism and integrated marketing communications. In this role, he offers counsel and applies journalistic tradecraft to business & corporate storytelling, which ultimately provides enterprises and SMBs with content that enables them to define, leverage and manage their brands in ways that increase engagement, develop trust, and lift sales.
Previously, Mikal launched, managed and sold a Boulder, Colo.-based Internet start-up; worked in Acquisitions at John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JW.A) and Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO); and worked in a variety of executive roles for Internet start-ups and not-for-profit organizations, including the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA).
A 1986 graduate of Keystone College who received an Honorary Ph.D. from that Northeastern Pennsylvania-based Liberal Arts college when he delivered its 2012 Commencement Keynote Address, when he’s not working, Mikal can be found dreaming about training for half-marathons while trail running, playing table-tennis, and enjoying life in Las Vegas, Nevada.