About Me

I‘m part of an incredible team of people at TechStars, which I believe to be the most important startup accelerator in the world. We’re empowering entrepreneurs worldwide with the tools and the network to build successful businesses wherever they want to live. Prior to Techstars, I helped build Highway 12 Ventures, a terrific venture capital firm which focused on investing in early-stage technology startups in the mountain west. I’ve lived in Boise, Idaho for a long time now and no place has ever felt more like home. I love so many things about this small charming town, none more so than running, biking or skiing in our beautiful mountains.

I’m in awe of the people that I get to work with every day. I didn’t grow up in the technology community, but for twenty years I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with some of the most driven and creative people in the world. To be included in that small part of the universe has been both enlightening and incredibly rewarding for me.

I’m lucky to be married to Pam who continually inspires me. After a successful career, she put aside professional pursuits to focus on the much bigger challenge of producing two young adults ready to contribute to society. She spends a great deal of time working to improve the quality education in Boise, contributing her time and effort to various non-profit organizations in that vein, particularly as the President of the Board of the Boise School Foundation. She’s my biggest inspiration.

We feel lucky that we get to be the parents of two amazing teenagers and marvel at watching their journey into adulthood. We also have a stable of pets though the number rotates depending upon neighborhood stray traffic and vacancy opportunities in our home. All of our pet’s names are related to the Grateful Dead. My ’86 CJ7 is my favorite possession. My garage is overflowing with outdoor gear. This makes me happy.

I also have a photo blog called My F-Stop which I hope to eventually contribute to more than I have lately.

Thanks for stopping by.

-Mark

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