Michael W. Ferro Jr. is an inventor, investor, and philanthropist. Mr. Ferro is the Founder and CEO of Merrick Ventures LLC, a Chicago-based venture capital and private equity firm focused on big data, deep learning, and distribution technologies. Recently Michael W. Ferro Jr. oversaw the turnaround of Tronc, a traditional and digital media company. From 2008 to 2015, he served as the chairman of Merge Healthcare, turning the organization into a billion-dollar enterprise, which was acquired by IBM in October. Currently, Mr. Ferro is also the Chairman of Wrapports LLC, which owns media properties like the Sun-Times Network, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Reader, Chicago.com, Aggrego, Thecube.com, and Higi LLC. An inventor of a number of proprietary products and processes, he holds multiple patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Most recently, Michael was issued a patent for his innovations in medical imaging for Merge healthcare, and several of his developments are currently patent pending.