Lecturer in Management – Entrepreneurship
Mark is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fitz Gate Ventures. Fitz Gate Ventures is an early stage, network-driven venture capital firm investing out of its second fund. The firm brings a unique strategic advantage to its portfolio companies by leveraging its proprietary “Friends of Fitz” network, comprised of hundreds of venture capitalists, startup founders, professors, and senior executives. Fitz Gate’s returns are top quartile among all VC funds, and its portfolio companies have been profiled in the New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Forbes, Vogue, Bloomberg and elsewhere. World class investors such as Sequoia, Bessemer, Blackrock, Canaan, Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, Greycroft, Spark, Bezos Expeditions, Merck, MIT Engine Fund, Morgan Stanley, Blackstone, Fusion Fund, Workbench, First Round, Sapphire, KKR and others have invested in Fitz Gate portfolio companies. Fitz Gate currently has 20 current portfolio company investments.
Mark brings to Fitz Gate Ventures 19+ years of experience as an experienced entrepreneur and executive with a proven track record of successfully growing companies from the ground up to mature industry leadership. Prior to Fitz Gate Mark was the head of Product, Marketing, Legal and Alliances at Datacert, Inc., an enterprise software company (sold 2014) and Founder and CEO of Digicontract, Inc., a SaaS company (sold 2001).
Mark received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1993 and a JD and MBA with honors from Tulane University in 1997. Mark also leads a seminar series on venture capital at Princeton University's Graduate School and is currently President of the Princeton Alumni Association of Houston and Co-Chair of the Alumni Schools Committee of Houston. Mark previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council of Princeton University.
- Rice Student Venture Fund: Evaluating Startup Investment Opportunities