Mark has had an eclectic career at the junction of technology, policy, and entrepreneurship, focused on taking companies and products from concept to launch to exponential growth. He has co-founded five venture-backed companies, with three successful exits. Mark helped to launch beacon industry leader Estimote, going on to serve as COO. He also started started the NanoBusiness Alliance and the Water Innovation Alliance, which led to multi-billion dollar US programs in emerging technologies in these sectors. Mark also has served as an advisor to global corporations (Apple, Daimler, and GE), as well as to IoT start-ups such as Platform Science, Silvair and Avimesa.
In addition, Mark has had stints as a CNBC technology commentator and co-host, advised US Presidents and foreign leaders on technology policy, and taught entrepreneurship at RPI and Tufts. He has also lectured on emerging technologies at the World Economic Forum, Milken Institute, EmTech, the US Senate and US House, and at numerous leading conferences, universities and corporations.
He is currently the general manager at Treeline, a US-based technology development and advisory firm. Treeline has spun off two venture backed start-ups---Platform Science and Avimesa---as well as launching Start-up as a Service (SUaaS), a system for allowing corporations to move at start-up speed. He’s an active angel investor, and chairs Democracy Labs, a smart city platform for re-imagining and transforming our communities, culture, and political institutions to forge a more open, just and equitable society.
Mark lives in Los Angeles and is at work writing “Everything Everywhere,” a book on the future of connected technologies and communities, focused on the pathways and pitfalls of IoT in our governments, cities, industries and homes. He is a graduate of the University of Denver College of Law and Boston University.
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