Mark is a partner at Menlo Venture and focuses on investments primarily in cloud infrastructure, SaaS, and computational biotech. His secondary areas of interest include drones, autonomous vehicle technology, and AI. Mark has also led consumer investments for Menlo in DropCam (acquired by Nest), eero, and Tenor (largest mobile .gif platform), and loves recurring software revenue business models.
Mark holds a bachelor of science in physics – with an electrical engineering focus – from MIT and an MBA from the Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. At MIT, Mark did computer modeling of dark matter and galaxy formation which eventually landed him as a product manager for Oracle’s Massively Parallel Processing group. In this role, he was part of the original team that developed and deployed one of the first true massively parallel and multi-threaded commercial software offerings – the Oracle Parallel Server. Mark then started and managed a consulting group at Oracle dedicated to serving early customers of this product. In business school, Mark got the startup bug, and went on to work in business development for Netscape from the first year of its inception through its IPO in 1996.
Mark is still actively involved with both MIT and Stanford, serving on MIT’s Corporation Development Committee and the Stanford Business School Trust. Mark is also a board member of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC) and has been a member of the Dean’s advisory committee to MIT’s School of Science.
Mark grew up in Chicago and now lives in Portola Valley with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys music, mountain biking, and skiing.
3PAR, acquired by HP (HPQ)
BlueGill Technologies, acquired by Checkfree
Dropcam, acquired by Google’s Nest
eXelate, acquired by Nielsen
Pliant Technology, acquired by SanDisk (SNDK)
Rubric, acquired by Broadbase
RNA Networks, acquired by Dell
Schooner Information Technology, acquired by SanDisk (SNDK)
Tenor, acquired by Google
Voltage Security, acquired by HP
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