When Michael Anataran founded Marvel Apps LLC in 2008, he didn’t want to create a company that simply offered products and services – he wanted to provide real solutions to the challenges faced by his clients.
That approach, combined with Antaran’s 15 years of design, programming and leadership experience in the automotive industry, has distinguished Marvel Apps as one of the most innovative and successful mobile application development firms in Southeast Michigan.
Before founding Marvel Apps, Antaran spent the majority of his professional career as one of the auto industry’s leading powertrain and engine systems experts at Daimler Chrysler (1997-2008) and General Motors (2009-2012). Antaran left GM in 2012 to devote his full energies to Marvel Apps – and he hasn’t looked back.
In 2014, Antaran was selected by Goldman Sachs to participate in its 10k Small Business Program in Detroit – a program he successfully completed while developing CARROT Health & Wellness, a mobile corporate wellness program that provides participants with instant gratification for meeting individualized activity goals.
Under Antaran’s leadership, Marvel Apps has been recognized annually as a one of Southeast Michigan’s top app developers. Marvel Apps was honored as a “Top 50 Company to Watch” by Michigan Celebrates Small Business in 2015. That same year, CARROT was selected as the official tech partner for the Michigan State Fair, and Antaran was honored to serve on the Executive Leadership Board of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk campaign.
In August of 2015, Antaran was one of just 16 U.S. entrepreneurs selected to participate in a special business development program hosted jointly by Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg in New York City.
In 2016, Antaran’s presentation at the Crain’s Detroit Business Health Care Leadership Summit allowed CARROT to take top honors as the “Most Innovative Solution" to engage Millennials with health care. Just one month later, Antaran was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the “50 Names to Know in Information Technology”.
More recently, Antaran was selected by the New Enterprise Forum to participate in its coaching program and chosen to be a May 2017 Showcase Presenter. Antaran was also in invited to present CARROT at the 2017 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium.
When he’s not busy developing game-changing apps, Antaran serves as a volunteer for middle school students and mentors University of Michigan engineering students. The Metro Detroit native is a graduate of Wayne State University (BS, Mechanical Engineering) and Oakland University (MSME).
Michael J. Anataran
Founder and CEO
Marvel Apps LLC & CARROT Pass LLC