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Mark Johnson

Co-founder and Managing PartnerMichigan Software Labs

Grand Rapids, MI

Member Since August 2022


Software Development
Team Building


Mark Johnson is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Michigan Software Labs. Mark is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and a frequent writer and speaker on topics such as technology, culture, and business. Michigan Software Labs won the Inc. Best Places To Work Award, Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, and were rated a Global Technology Leader by Clutch. Mark received the GR200 award for being one of the 200 Most Powerful Business Leaders in West Michigan from the Grand Rapids Business Journal and the 40 under 40.

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10 steps to recover your company from a cyberattack 

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Here's what to do if your business has just been hacked.  With cyber at an all-time high in today's marketplace, it's practically impossible to avoid putting your business at risk if you don't have the proper tools and a response plan already in place. But it's important not to blame yourself or your team if your company has fallen victim because you didn't see it coming. Instead, stop and think more strategically before you make any rash decisions about how to overcome the temporary crisis. Below are 10 experts from Fast Company Executive Board who can help you and your team implement the best strategies to come out on top and maintain credibility in the industry you represent.

16 ways leaders can set achievable expectations for their team to grow 

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Apply these strategies to enhance your team's performance levels and standards. To set your team up for success and the confidence to meet department expectations and throughout the company, it's critical to start the conversation early.  Providing clear context, consistently, about big-picture goals and objectives will encourage employees to stay accountable, collaborate effectively, and become even more invested as they learn more about the "why." Below, 16 Fast Company Executive Board members are sharing their tips to inspire individuals, motivate teamwork, and achieve better outcomes. 

Beating the backlash: when business competitors stomp on innovation 

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Tune out the industry naysayers and lean into solving your target market's pain points. When you're a brand disruptor who aims to provide innovative solutions in an established "business as usual" marketplace, your company and its leadership are bound to ruffle some feathers. To overcome any negativity, continue to stay above the fray and let the data speak for itself. By proactively educating the underserved market of consumers and staying truthful about your business intentions, you'll mobilize a community of ambassadors in no time, who are willing to support your organization's potential and share their personal testimonials.  As you begin to strengthen your client base, remember to put their needs first. But it's also imperative to build bridges by keeping your competitors even closer. At the end of the day, feedback, whether good or bad, fuels inspiration and innovation. This puts your company in a much better position to address concerns, defend its own progress, and defeat the status quo mentality of other colleagues in the field. Below, 16 Fast Company Executive Board members share tips to maintain your clients' confidence in your new establishment and develop loyal partnerships that will last a lifetime.

6 supply chain strategies to help leaders avoid business disruptions

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Implement these tips to stay ahead of the product-service demand cycle and retain happy customers. In a pandemic-shifted world, supply chain shortages are still a pain point for many company leaders who are trying to keep up with the current market conditions and satisfy their customers consistently. Holiday season orders can make it even more difficult for customers who are relying on some of their favorite brands to fill their orders before the shopping rush. Below, six Fast Company Executive Board members are sharing their best practices to prepare and find solutions to stay on track, make on-time deliveries, and live up to the brand's reputation and promises.

Company details

Michigan Software Labs

Company bio

Michigan Software Labs develops custom mobile, web, and Internet of Things (IoT) software for clients ranging from locally owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Recognized as a leader in UX/UI design, with millions of end-users to date, Michigan Software Labs was named one of the Top UX Design Companies in the U.S. by Clutch and the Inc. Best Places to Work Award. Learn more about them at



Area of focus

Software Engineering
Mobile Apps
Information Technology

Company size

11 - 50