November 18, 2016
Co-founder, CEO, Menlo Innovations LLC
By Tom Henderson
Sheridan, 59, was fed up with lousy software and bad corporate management when he co-founded Menlo with the mission statement of “To end human suffering in the world as it relates to technology.” Menlo, which employs about 60, creates software that acts as an interface between end users and complicated equipment. For example, Ann Arbor-based Accuri Cytometers Inc. built a bench-top cytometer that was much smaller and cheaper than traditional cytometers, which helps researchers do cell analysis, and its customers were able to take the machines out of the box and use them in minutes, compared to having to take training classes. Sheridan, 59, is a community activist who has served on the boards at Ann Arbor Spark, the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Washtenaw County. In 2013, Penguin published Sheridan’s book, Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love.