Mark is an entrepreneur and seed investor focused on the technology and internet sectors. He lived and worked in the US and France in the 1990’s whilst running front-office technology strategy and development teams for JP Morgan, and oversaw some of the bank’s earliest internet projects. In 1998, Mark established Digital Look, a financial information web site for private investors, and spent 10 years as Managing Director growing the business rapidly and consistently profitably.
The company created the leading UK private investor web site, www.DigitalLook.com, bringing free and premium financial data and tools to investors. The company also built a corporate solutions division with a dominant position in the UK market, providing news, real time stockmarket data and investor tools to most large stockbrokers and media companies including Barclays, HSBC, BBC, The Telegraph, Yahoo, MSN, Investors Chronicle and Sky News.
Digital Look was sold to CMC Markets in May 2007, and Mark exited the business in the summer of 2009 after integrating the company within its new parent.
He is currently working on a new start-up in the field of internet security/spam prevention, as well as advising a number of other online start-ups. Mark recently co-founded the Kick Start programme with his business partner.
The programme was launched as a collaboration with Oxford University’s entrepreneurial society and aims to identify and then provide seed funding and support for high potential online start-ups Mark has a broad range of business/management skills spanning company strategy, finances, sales, technology and operations – and is looking to work with start-up/growing technology businesses where he can really help management team’s to create value and drive growth.
Mark’s interests include scuba diving, sailing and mountain walking. He also plays football and tennis – with more enthusiasm than ability.
Testimonial for Mark:
“From the first meeting we have worked together closely and I have felt he has capability to help me. We have done four sessions now and I feel I have improved the focus of my business and also the professionalism of my sales presentations considerably. He has also encouraged me to look at the longer term. Having being doing ‘my own thing’ for nearly four years it has been very helpful to have an experienced and capable mentor to review things with”
Neil Birkbeck, Rockstar Mentee