Mike O’Connor


I became moderately famous in Minnesota as the co-founder of an ISP called and one of the people who popularized the Internet back in the mid-90’s.  I’m also one of the geeks who registered a few one-word domain names and got involved with ICANN as a result.  These days I help Marcie restore 500 acres of driftless-area habitat.  During the COVID years, I’ve also been helping musicians rehearse and perform together over the Internet.

My background tended toward managing large-scale technology and information systems initiatives and leading non-profit sector development efforts. A few highlights include: founding a community radio station (WORT-FM), Managing Associate at what is now called PwC, and Associate Vice President of Finance (and Controller) at the University of Minnesota.

I graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelors Degree in Economics, and received a Masters in Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.