Michael Polsky

What they do: Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Where they do it: Invenergy
How they contribute: Maverick Awards Winner

In 2001, Michael Polsky was stuck in a classic entrepreneurial catch twenty-two. He had sold his company to the utilities mammoth Calpine, landing on their Board of Directors, but was miserable in his new position – back working for the man. So, he quit, leaving money and security on the table to pursue a new entrepreneurial venture focused around a more sustainable and eco-friendly form of energy — wind energy. Their first project failed, losing the company $6 million. In that failure, Polsky found profound insight toward where the industry was heading. With that in mind, he carried on and turned Invenergy into a $1 billion company.