Mark is a passionate company builder who has spent the last 25 years growing, leading, and investing in disruptive technology companies during their key growth stages. Mark has served dozens of companies as a CEO, senior executive, board member, advisor, and venture capital investor in the Internet, IoT, software, enterprise infrastructure, big data, and mobile/social markets.
Mark is currently a Managing Director at ClearPath Partners, a firm he co-founded with Raymond Stern to provide CEO coaching/advisory services to venture backed technology companies. Mark also serves on the Investment Committee of Black River Ventures, a European VC firm that focuses on trans-Atlantic mid-stage technology investments. Prior to ClearPath, Mark was a Managing Director with Bridge Advisory Partners, an advisory firm he founded in 2008 that provided CEO, mentoring, board of director and executive chairman services to high potential, expansion stage venture and private equity backed technology companies. While at Bridge, Mark served as the interim CEO at Nexenta, ParAccel, Agiliance, and Apptera. Prior to Bridge, Mark was a Venture Partner at Meritech Capital Partners, a $2.6 billion venture capital firm, where he led or supported investments in: Acopia, AmberPoint, AudienceScience, Facebook, Kanisa, Model N, ProofPoint, Quigo, Riverbed, and Softricity. Prior to Meritech, Mark was a Founder and Managing Director of GameChange Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm affiliated with Accenture and Softbank that focused on enterprise software investments. Prior to that, he was VP, Corporate Development at Excite@Home and VP & GM of Classified Advertising for Excite. Earlier in his career, he was VP&GM at Classifieds2000, a product manager at Echelon, an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, and started his career in sales at IBM.
Mark holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Stanford University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.