Meet Mark, our Venture Partner at Accelerating Asia!

Where is your hometown?

Boston, MA, USA

What brings you to Singapore?

I have been living in Asia since 2007: primarily in Hong Kong with stints in Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City.

What are some of your previous working experiences?

Technology Investment Banking with major firms across NYC/Silicon Valley/Hong Kong; Venture Capital firm SOSV ($650M AUM) where I learned about the VC industry and the power of accelerators.

Why did you decide to join Accelerating Asia?

I believe this team is positioned to “do well” with the SEA opportunity and also “do good” in supporting entrepreneurs to change humanity for the better.

What are you most excited for when you come onboard?

My passion has always been the intensive 1-on-1 work with founders when I can help them get from Square 1 to 20 faster.

What are some of your short-term & long-term goals?

Professionally: to contribute toward closing a successful AA Ventures Fund I (short-term) and see our founders & invested companies flourish (long-term).

What is your favorite startup advice?

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO 

What are your 3 favorite books?

The Sun Also Rises, Liar’s Poker, The Giving Tree

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Blade Runner

What is your secret superpower?

Deep powder skiing

What is your hidden talent?

Music: I play improvisational guitar in combos doing live gigs in Asia, which engages a totally different part of the brain.

What is on your bucket list for 2019?

Oman

What is one thing that is unexpected of you?

I prefer natural settings to big cities but so far that’s not working out!

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