About Mickey Beyer-Clausen
Over the past 20 years, Danish-born, New York-based serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Mickey Beyer-Clausen has established a solid track record of innovation, creation, and execution. In the ’90s, he was one of the first to launch successful Internet businesses and today he's building companies around innovations that improve the human or planetary condition. His output includes six sustainable businesses in the technology sector and one foundation.
Currently, Mickey is the CEO of Mental Workout®, which he founded in 2009 with fellow Dane, Tony Hanna. Mental Workout builds products and services around innovations that improve people's mental performance and well-being. Since its inception in early 2009, Mental Workout has innovated at the intersection of science, psychology, and technology, and pioneered a new category of apps inspiring and empowering people all over the world to change their lives.
Mickey is also the Co-founder and CEO of Timeshifter - a spinoff of Mental Workout, offering a whole new way to adjust to a new time zone and increase your energy level while traveling, using the latest research in sleep and circadian neuroscience.
Prior to founding Mental Workout and Timeshifter, Mickey co-founded two of the most versatile domain name services in the world, Speednames and Ascio Technologies, as well as Trunk Archive, a full service image licensing agency representing the most engaging and sought after photographers. These companies have all been acquired.
Mickey is a Strategic Advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors, an alternative asset management firm providing strategic growth capital to middle-market companies focused on the sustainability and wellness sectors, and serves on the advisory board of HealthCorps, founded by Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz, whose vision is to lead a nationwide movement toward a new generation of healthy young people.
Mickey is also the Founder and Chairman of Happiness Foundation - an alternative to traditional philanthropy, providing pro bono consulting services rather than money to nonprofits. Happiness Foundation's model and impact was recognized by both the Danish Government, who made several grants to the foundation, and the White House, who invited Happiness Foundation to participate in activities part of the Council on Service and Civic Participation.
Over the last 15 years, Mickey has also been involved in many initiatives promoting Denmark's interests abroad. Since Mickey moved to New York in 2006, he has facilitated connections between Danish and American companies, and organized or contributed to events that inspire collaboration between the two countries.
In 1994, Mickey graduated Niels Brock in Denmark with a degree in Economics and Management (HHX). In 2001, he enrolled in the Young Managers Programme (now called Management Acceleration Programme) at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Later, Mickey became a guest lecturer at INSEAD, and in 2010, Mickey was asked to deliver the commencement speech for Niels Brock's graduating classes.
After Mickey exited Speednames and Ascio Technologies in 2002, he spent three months at the Dalai Lama’s Namgyal Monastery in Dharamshala, India where Mickey was introduced to Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation.
Mickey is married to Allison Beyer-Clausen and lives in Southampton, New York with their two children.