Danny Mikhail’s Strategic Vision Powers Melka Capital’s Rise in Software and Real Estate

By Jordan French Jordan French has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on February 1, 2024

Melka Capital, led by CEO Danny Mikhail, is rewriting the venture capital playbook by defying traditional norms and establishing a distinctive presence in the industry. This entrepreneurial journey, marked by resilience and a dedication to solving real-world problems, highlights Melka Capital’s impact on tech and real estate.

Originating from Detroit amid economic challenges, Mikhail’s inspiration stems from his immigrant parents, entrepreneurs whose work ethic fueled his determination for success. The lessons he learned and the struggles he encountered from the daily grind provided him with an unyielding drive and a “no quit” mentality. 

His success in establishing the booming fintech company Prolific in his early twenties marked his initial triumph, catching the attention of Alvarez & Marsal Capital, a $4.4 billion fund. Five years later, he achieved yet another successful exit with his second fintech venture, Zuza.

“With our recent exit from the POS industry, we saw the burden of using 10 different software and aimed to simplify with one comprehensive solution. Zuza, the industry’s first Super App, eliminated extra costs for merchants, reflecting a commitment to impactful solutions and a personal connection to small business challenges through my parents’ entrepreneurial journey,” says Mikhail.

Melka Capital’s investment strategy highlights the importance of identifying and solving real-world problems. Beyond software and SaaS ventures, Mikhail is dedicated to ethical real estate practices, as seen in his involvement with multi-family, self-storage, retail, and industrial projects nationwide.

“I envision the firm as a partner to innovators, offering capital and strategic guidance. Our focus on family offices and high-net-worth individuals demonstrates our commitment to fostering genuine, lasting relationships,” says Mikhail.

Currently serving on multiple boards, Mikhail is the CEO and founder of Melka Capital, which specializes in real estate investments, technology, and SaaS. With two successful FinTech exits in the nine figures within the last five years and numerous others in real estate, Melka Capital is poised to impact venture capital significantly.

Moreover, Melka Capital is setting a new standard in the venture capital industry, having a leader in Mikhail, who has a hundred percent success rate in his three startups. With over two decades of operational experience and a deep background of founding and successfully exiting multiple companies, Mikhail brings a rare depth of expertise to venture capital.

Looking ahead, Mikhail sees Melka Capital as a catalyst for change, supporting founders in redefining industries. His forward-thinking approach positions him as a mentor and ally for those navigating the challenging entrepreneurial landscape. 

In the next five years, the company is setting its sights on becoming a go-to hub for investment growth, focusing on impactful startups and lucrative real estate projects. Danny Mikhail’s history of successful entrepreneurial endeavors and dedication to fostering positive changes across businesses of varying scales pave the way to a brighter future.

By Jordan French Jordan French has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Jordan French is the Founder and Executive Editor of Grit Daily Group, encompassing Financial Tech Times, Smartech Daily, Transit Tomorrow, BlockTelegraph, Meditech Today, High Net Worth magazine, Luxury Miami magazine, CEO Official magazine, Luxury LA magazine, and flagship outlet, Grit Daily. The champion of live journalism, Grit Daily's team hails from ABC, CBS, CNN, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fox, PopSugar, SF Chronicle, VentureBeat, Verge, Vice, and Vox. An award-winning journalist, he was on the editorial staff at TheStreet.com and a Fast 50 and Inc. 500-ranked entrepreneur with one sale. Formerly an engineer and intellectual-property attorney, his third company, BeeHex, rose to fame for its "3D printed pizza for astronauts" and is now a military contractor. A prolific investor, he's invested in 50+ early stage startups with 10+ exits through 2023.

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