Over 30 years of experience providing leadership in large, high growth and entrepreneurial organizations. Extensive experience in advising companies on market, leadership, funding, commercialization and growth strategies.
Mark worked with me as our Entrepreneur-in-Residence for over 3 years. Over that time, he deftly changed his interactions with us as we blossomed from an idea to a start up to an early stage company. When we needed someone to guide us at the start, he helped us through some tough decision-making. When we needed a negotiations partner, he came with me to London for the week to support me during a delicate stage in our discussions. When we needed a strategic mind to help us grapple with our IT implementation plans, he rolled up his sleeves and added his considerable wisdom on the matter.
Mark kept us going when times were tough and he kept our feet on the ground when our heads were in the sky. He told us what we needed to hear, not just what we wanted to hear.
Mark is a valuable asset to any company setting off on an entrepreneurial adventure.
I found Mark's suggestions and input very helpful in getting our business's first round venture financing completed. We successfully closed on our financing
Mark Smith is JumpStart Venture's representative at MedCity Media board meetings and a primary contact for advice and work with JumpStart (MedCity Media is a portfolio company of JumpStart, which also has observer status on MedCity's board of directors).
Every instance I work with Mark I come away enriched. He's been critical in improving MedCity's financial systems, navigating complex investor relationships, and providing advice for all kids of entrepreneurial situations. Mark has been constantly available when I've needed advice and likely gone beyond his mandate as MedCity's point of contact with JumpStart. He's also been a fantastic advocate for MedCity within JumpStart.
I also think Mark strikes a great balance in his role managing MedCity for JumpStart. He underscores JumpStart's requirements without being vitriolic or pushy, makes his thoughts known when he knows they will help, and is always ready to listen no matter the scenario. Mark is an ally.
Mark was an ideal entrepreneur-in-residence and advisor for Knotice. There is a fine line between providing guidance and motivation and being overbearing. Mark provides the ideal balance, which is highly effective when working with entrepreneurs.
Mark is bright individual who helped guide management and move our business forward in its early stages through careful planning.
Mark really understands how to guide entrepreneurs and help them through the various challenges facing a start-up. He is smart, insightful and a great adviser. He has been an unbelievable resource in terms of support, providing strategic direction and in thinking through decisions. I feel extremely lucky to have someone like him as a guide. I would highly recommend Mark.