Michael Brauser is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the current Executive Chairman for Cogint, Inc., CEO & President of Marlin Capital, and co-founder of the The Betsy and Michael Brauser Charitable Foundation. Notable business investments include Naviant, Seisint, Kertz Security Systems Inc.
Michael Brauser was born in Long Island, NY. He moved to Florida at the age of 17. Michael attended the University of Florida, Warrington College of Business in Gainesville, Florida from 1973-1977 where he obtained a B.Sc. in Business Administration. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Warrington College of Business.
Brauser began in the Security Industry in 1972 when his father Leon Brauser, purchased Kertz Security Systems Inc.. He began working at Kertz, eventually becoming CEO and later handling its sale to Republic Industries. At the time of its sale, Kertz Security Systems was known as the, “oldest and largest independent alarm company in Florida”. Kertz Security was purchased in 1995 by Wayne Huizenga of Republic Waste Industries for $24 million in stock.
Michael Brauser took over as Naviant President and CEO after merging with eDirect. Naviant was bought by Equifax in 2001 for $135 million.
Seisint was founded by Brauser in 1998 as a subsidiary of eDirect. Acquisitions included Data One Marketing Inc., Sweepstakes.com Inc. and 24/7 Mail Inc.. Seisint was purchased by Lexis Nexis in 2004 for $780 million.
Michael Brauser has been the Executive Chairman for Cogint, Inc. formerly IDI, Inc., an information solutions provider focused on the data-fusion market, since June 2015.
Other notable investments include 5to1, an Internet advertising company that sold to Yahoo in 2011 for $28 million; and Interclick, which was also acquired by Yahoo in 2011, for $280 million.
Michael Brauser cofounded the Betsy and Michael Brauser Charitable Family Foundation, Inc., in 2014. The foundations two main areas of focus are Jewish culture in South Florida and Cancer research.
The Foundation is a long-time supporter of the Chabad of Parkland Florida Friendship Circle, which operates Summer camps for people with special needs. The foundation donated more than $1 million to build a Center for Jewish life at the Parkland Friendship Circle. It is scheduled to be completed in Summer of 2017.
The Betsy & Michael Brauser Foundation is a Platinum Sponsor for the Keymorada Fly-Spin Fishing Tournament benefits the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of American (CCFA) and the University of Miami (UM) Crohn’s & Colitis Center.
Brauser currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida, with his wife, Betsy. He has 4 sons and 1 grandchild.