Founding Partner
J. Michael Cline
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Mr. Cline is the founding managing partner of Accretive, LLC and has founded a number of companies including Fandango, R1 RCM, Accolade, Insureon, Everspring and Accumen among others. Mr. Cline serves as the Chairman of Accolade and Insureon and is on the Board of Everspring. Before founding Accretive, Mr. Cline was a General Partner at General Atlantic and prior to that an associate at McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Cline received his BS from Cornell University and his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He chairs the Tigers Forever Initiative at Panthera and serves on the Board of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Harvard Business School Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. Mr. Cline is married with six children. Mr. Cline’s activities include:

Co-Founder, Chairman


2011 – Present (9 years) | Chicago

Insureon – Developed thesis and founded company with Jared Kaplan. Partnered with Ted Devine to build the leading web and mobile marketplace for insurance to small businesses. The business heavily leverages data science and machine learning. Private.

Founder, X-Chairman, Director

Accumen Inc.

2010 – January 2019 | New York

Accumen – Developed thesis and founded company with Adam Boehler. Accumen is the leading outsourcer of laboratory operations for large hospitals. Private.

Co-Founder, Chairman

Accolade, Inc.

2007 – 2021 ( 14 years )  | Seattle / Philadelphia

Developed the thesis and then founded the company with Tom Spann. Accolade is the market-defining and leading vendor of population health services for large employers. IPO in July 2020.

Founder, X-Chairman, Director

Everspring Inc.

2010 – Present (10 years) | Chicago

Developed thesis with Alon Krashinsky and founded the company with Jeff Conlon and Beth Hollenberg. Everspring is a leading online education services company partnering in long term relationships with high quality not-for-profit universities. Private.

Co-Inventor, Advisor

Panthera Poacher Cam

January 2013 – June 2015 (2 years, 6 months) | Greater New York City Area

Co-invented with my brother Chris Cline the world’s leading anti-poacher wireless camera for wildlife conservation. Developed and managed by Chris Cline, Dominic Bruen, Ed Yarmchuk and Scott Lurowist. Originally designed for the Panthera Tigers Forever Initiative, it is now being rolled out in a number of wildlife areas.

Vice Chairman

Bridgewater Associates

January 2013 – January 2014 (1 year)

Worked closely with Ray Dalio and the Bridgewater Management Committee one day a week. Bridgewater manages approximately $150 billion in global investments for a wide array of institutional clients, including foreign governments and central banks, corporate and public pension funds, university endowments and charitable foundations. Approximately 1,500 people work at Bridgewater, which is based in Westport, Connecticut.

Co-Founder, Chairman

Accretive Health, Inc. (now known as R1 RCM, Inc.)

2003 – November 2014 (10 years) | Greater Chicago Area

Developed the thesis with Sam Blyahker and then founded the company with Mary Tolan. Accretive Health is the market-defining and leading vendor outsourcing the revenue cycle for large hospitals. Public.

Co-Founder, Chairman


1999 – 2011 (12 years) | New York

Developed thesis, negotiated the Exhibitor exclusive agreements with Sam Blyahker and then founded the company with Art Levitt. Fandango is the dominant and exclusive consumer application for purchasing movie tickets and getting movie information. Acquired by Comcast.

Co-Founder, Chairman


1998 – 2002 (4 years) | New York

Developed the thesis and then founded the company with Jim Madden. Exult defined the industry and was the leading provider of Human Resources Outsourcing for large enterprises. IPO and subsequent acquisition by Hewitt Associates.

Co-Founder, Chairman


1998 – 2001 (3 years) | London, United Kingdom

Developed the thesis and then founded the company with David Andrews. Xchanging became the leader in outsourcing the back office of large financial institutions in Europe. IPO and subsequent acquisition by CSC.

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