Mark is an experienced technologist, executive, founder, and private equity investor. Most recently, he served as a Managing Director in Draper Triangle Ventures, an early stage venture fund and affiliate of the Draper Network of funds headed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson in Menlo Park, CA. Mark maintains a relationship with Draper Triangle in the role of Venture Partner.
Mark has been involved in many entrepreneurial ventures. Mark founded Synchrony Communications in 1997 raising $38 million in funding from leading VCs and strategic investors, including Charles River Ventures, APAX Partners and GE Equity. He grew the company to a size of more than 130 employees in four cities serving over 80 customers, including Cincinnati Bell, Bank of America, and Proctor & Gamble. In prior years Mark served in management roles with a series of venture backed Silicon Valley companies, including Gain Technology (sold to Sybase), Siebel Systems (IPO), and Genesys Telecommunications (IPO). After graduate school he worked in management consulting with Theodore Barry & Associates (Los Angeles). Mark began his career as a software engineer with Cincom Systems (Cincinnati).
Mark holds an M.B.A. from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and a BS Systems Analysis from Miami University. He currently serves as an observer on the boards of Thinkvine, Oversight Systems, and CardioInsight, the advisory board of Priority Consult (division of Mayfield Spine Clinic), and the TechColumbus Investment Committee. Mark is a past member of the Business Advisory Council of Miami University’s Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration.
Accomplished serial CEO (8 successful CEO engagements) and professional Board Director (18 board roles). Have led companies across all ownership structures, ranging from public, to private equity, to venture capital, including start-ups. Technology pioneer with exceptional grasp and understanding of how to leverage technology to disrupt marketplaces and gain sea-change competitive advantage for companies, previously as the CEO, and now as an Outside Director. Successful track record in CPG, retail, healthcare, big data, and enterprise analytics. Member of National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Available for select board engagements.
ACCOMPLISHED CEO UNDERPINNING: Select Engagements
► CEO, Aginity- in addition to board role, stepped in as interim CEO to orchestrate pivot to converting free user base to paying enterprise customers and successful sale in early 2020.
► CEO, Label Insight- 14X gain in revenue in two years
► CEO, Tira Wireless- revamped company from being a Services business, to a Software company
► CEO, Performaworks- recognized innovator in Human Capital Asset MGT business. Successful Exit to Workscape / ADP
► CEO, Engage, Inc. (OTCMKTS: ENGA)- Achieved explosive growth in 3 years, with revenue increasing from $100K to $250M. Sourced and integrated 10 acquisitions, successfully orchestrated IPO realizing a $12B market cap.
OUTSIDE DIRECTOR: Select Engagements
► ShareThis- led process to reposition this DFJ/Deutsche Telecom, Blue Chip, and Mercury backed behavioral data platform.
► Constant Contact- established product market fit at company backed by Morgan Stanley, Longworth, and Greylock. Positioned company for successful IPO and subsequent $1.3B sale.
► Goldman Sachs - Tapped to source and lead due diligence on market disruptor technology investments.
► NACD- active member. Available for select board engagements,
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Peter Esparrago co-founded Cultivation Capital. Peter has over 25 years of global technology leadership experience in a wide variety of industries. Peter was CEO of IntraISP, a global BSS/OSS Software-as-a-Service company, in which he grew and sold twice (to Clearwire and Amdocs). He was President of two information security companies, Cigital and Mycroft. He was President of River City Internet Group, a holding company for various businesses (data centers, network management, ISP, WISP, SaaS, cloud storage).
Peter was COO of Ariel Research, a global leader in EH&S data-as-a-service. As COO, he helped grow and sell the company to 3E. Peter also spent 16 years at Accenture, where he was a Partner and left after the IPO. Peter has an MBA in Finance from Rockhurst University, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Missouri.
Executive, Nielsen; Executive, Safeway; Executive, Clorox
Eiwa, NanoGuard Technologies, and Notch
4Moms, ALung Technologies, Amplifinity, OnShift, and ShareThis
Aginity, Fluid, HDmessaging, Networked Insights, OmniLync, OmniLync, ShareThis, TextNow, and Zumobi