Lecturer in Management – Finance & Entrepreneurship
Mark is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fitz Gate Ventures. Fitz Gate Ventures invests a majority of its capital in early stage companies from the Princeton ecosystem, and a portion of its capital is available to be invested more broadly. Through its 200 "Friends of Fitz" network of alumni, faculty, administrators, trustees and students as well as the broader worldwide Princeton alumni network, the fund engages with the Princeton community to help it discover and vet the best startups and then help its founders succeed (introductions to more capital, customers, mentors). Fitz Gate’s portfolio companies have been profiled in the New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and other media outlets. Fitz Gate has seen its portfolio companies receive follow-on funding at premiums from Sequoia, Canaan, Tribeca, Andreessen Horowitz, Citi Ventures, Focus Financial Partners (KKR) and other leading VC firms after Fitz Gate invested. Fitz Gate invests alongside other world class VC firms but is also willing to lead and/or invest alone. Fitz Gate currently manages two funds and has approximately $25mm under management.
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