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Michael Spinosa

July 24, 2018

Growing with Purpose Podcast: "From Corporate Culture to Open Culture" with Michael Spinosa

Can a high-ranking corporate leader make the switch to purpose-driven leadership? Michael Spinosa, CEO of Unleashed Technologies, hit the reset button on his career to pursue building his own business as a way to escape his unfulfilling career in the corporate world.

Today on the Growing with Purpose podcast, host Paul Spiegelman talks with Michael Spinosa, CEO of Unleashed Technologies, an award-winning design and development firm in Columbia, Maryland. Though Michael started out in the corporate world and found great success, he felt a pull to build a business with purpose. As he attempted to transition out of his career, he found himself running into major national crises, like the dot-com bubble burst after college and the housing crisis in 2007. How does a leader pave his own path amidst national unrest — and what does it take to reinvent yourself as a leader mid-career?

In this episode, hear how Michael built a culture of trust, fun, and accountability at Unleashed Technologies, and the greatest challenges he's faced on his journey to purpose-driven leadership. Tune into Michael's story here. 


[2:23] Fixing a Fundamentally Broken Model

[6:46] The Open Source Kings of the WorldMichael Spinosa on the Growing with Purpose podcast

[12:00] Early Challenges Surviving High School

[15:14] Making Major Career Moves During National Crises

[20:44] A Loss of Identity and Finding Who You Are

[24:06] A Culture of Accountability and Trust

[29:03] Limiting Growth for Sustainability

Book that Influenced Michael's Leadership

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey


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About Michael Spinosa

Michael started Unleashed Technologies with Scott Greenwell in 2007, in the middle of a recession, with just $800 of startup capital. From its humble beginnings, Unleashed Technologies has evolved into a three-time Inc. 5000 winner. Unleashed Technologies is dedicated to re-architecting the way people think about web and hosting, and has pioneered the term Wosting® to bring those two disciplines formally together. Under the guidance of Michael’s leadership, Unleashed Technologies has set its sights on growing its business and spreading Wosting® to the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast, and then nationwide. As CEO, Michael has pioneered a new model by adopting the fact that web and hosting services are fluid and never stop evolving. Unleashed Technologies’ clients have guaranteed service level agreements (SLA) for web work on a monthly basis. The Unleashed Technologies team serves as an extension of their company, providing the right professional for the task when needed. The team also takes on a proactive role with new enhancements, patching, security updates, and server maintenance/upgrades. Michael Spinosa has spent over a decade in the online market and software development industries. His career began in development before evolving to international technical/project management. Eventually this led him to his role as CEO of Unleashed Technologies. Michael has managed and worked on initiatives that include the development of complex content management solutions and vital management software for clients like the White House, and ERP solutions that focus on eliminating costly operational inefficiencies. Since founding Unleashed Technologies, Michael’s leadership has led the firm to award-winning projects in numerous verticals, including membership associations, higher education, and retail. In addition to being a proud husband and father of three, Michael enjoys playing national-level competitive paintball. He’s also a regular contributor to the LIDO Civic Club, an Italian men’s club that helps raise money for scholarships, builds new homes for wounded warriors, and much more. Michael also helps serve food every other month at a special dinner put on by the Aleethia Foundation. This dinner gives recovering soldiers adjusting to home life and coping with their injuries a fresh, hot meal with their families, removed from the pain of their situation.