Speaking the language of law as Rosetta Stone's GC

As head of the language software company's legal department, Michael Wu found his calling.

Michael Wu had what he describes as a “nomadic” upbringing. Throughout his childhood, he lived what many travel-lovers would consider the ideal life—spending time in New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Korea, Atlanta, Saudi Arabia and Austria. With two engineer parents whose jobs turned the family into true globetrotters, Wu embraced every minute of it. So it’s no surprise that his adult life would also head in that international direction.

For law school, however, Wu stayed stateside—attending the University of Virginia after spending a year post-undergrad working as a paralegal at Davis Polk. 

Q: What’s a typical day in the life of Michael Wu?

A: There is no typical day. If there was, I would get another job. It’s very diverse. I come in and have a list of issues I need to work on. Priorities are always changing. We are a public company with international issues. So there is a very diverse group of issues I manage on a daily basis. 


Cathleen Flahardy

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