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Introduction

My name is Mark and i use this little corner of the world to share my commercial and Creative efforts. 

Elephant Studios came to life in 2021. It's a vehicle for my commercial and creative endeavors, but more importantly, it fuels my well-being. 

I remain so grateful for the journey so far. Julie and I are excited for whats to come with our children while we still have them as our guests!   

My Early Life

Son of Paul and Susan (and Step-mother Barbara), brother to Paul, John and Alex.

Grandson of Group Captain Peter Matthews, DFC Queens Commendation. Grandad was Squadron leader, Spitfire squadron 1 - (first in the air in the Battle of Britain during WW II). 

I made these works to tell his story to my children and in his memory. I miss him still today. 

I Grew up in London, England before coming to the U.S. to attend University. 

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My 3 Brothers. 

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 My Grandfather, Peter Matthews. 

My Education

1984-1990

Marlborough College, UK

  • Team Captain, Varsity Soccer, 1989

  • 3 A-Levels (Politics Classics, Geography)

  • 12 O-Levels

Boston University

1991-1995

BS Finance.

BA, History.

AXA Fraternity.

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 Marlborough College, Marlborough, UK. 

Work History and Career

A Summary of the major chapters in my career to date. 

$180M Across 4 Rounds



FazeClan

Post Acquisition Integration lead

2019

FazeClan is the leading E-sports organization in the world today. Comprised of businesses that manage teams, brands, e-commerce, Content & licensing. The brand is a household name amongst young teens with multi-platform reach in the hundreds of millions.


Wanderset was merged into FazeClan in 2019 to power commerce channels engaging with its network reach of over 500M active users.

Financing:

$1.8M Series Seed.

Acquired by FazeClan.



Wanderset Inc

Co-Founder and COO

2017-2019

Youth Culture E-Com platform publishing, the latest in street fashion from hundreds of Brands (their APIs) delivering fashion to millions of young fashion forward teens. This was Karmaloop without the inventory risk.

Financing:

Pingup Inc

Co-Founder and CEO

2012-2016

Local Commerce API aggregating local availability from millions of SMBs through scheduling software providers and powering native booking buttons on major publishing properties like YP, Yahoo, Facebook and Google Search. We were a local bookings GDS in the mould of Sabre (that powered kayak, travelocity and dozens of other marketplaces).

Financing:

2001-2007: Friends and Family funded (I invested $100K at the time).

July 2008: $30M Series B Institutional Financing




Karmaloop

Founding Member, VP Business Development

2001-2006

Early Entrant to street fashion E-com, bringing breaking trends to the masses unbounded by physical location. To this day, the company is seen as the pioneer in this $50b market.


At its peak, Karmaloop had an annual revenue run rate of $180M and over 300 employees before an epic collapse in 2011.

Financing:

$30 Billion. (circa 2000)

NASD: CMGi

CMGi

Senior Analyst

1997-2000.

Pioneering Investor and operator of over 97 companies at the dawn of the commercial Internet. At its height, NASD: CMGi and its @Ventures affiliates and wholly owned and operated companies had a market capitalization of $30 Billion. 


Read About CMGi's history here.

Financing:

Undisclosed

My Family and I.

Elephant Inc

Principal

2021-Current

My Studio for creative work, consulting relationships, angel investments and all manor of new tinkering around technology themes i am obsessed with. You can read more about what these are here.

Financing:

Skills & Achievements
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My Skills and Achievements

Author US Patents #10205685#10205687

In 2016 i (along with my Co-Authors) was awarded 6 patents related to a unique family of innovations in mobile messaging. 

One of the most rewarding experiences of my life was that i got to work alongside Mr. Bruce Sunstein of Sunstein LLP. Bruce is one of the most highly renowed patent attorney's today.

 

A graduate of MIT and the co-author of 1,000s of patents from the Segway to Biomedical Devices, Knee replacement innovations and more, Bruce is most importantly one of the nicest human beings i have ever had the privilege to meet.

National Tennis Champion, Bermuda, 1986.

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Investments

My startup investments have involved both solo ventures and collaborations with my partner, Lindsay.

 

These days, I'm particularly drawn to opportunities where I can combine investing with a hands-on technical role. While some venture capitalists rely on spreadsheets analysis to assess risk, I gain the most conviction by diving into the code itself.

 

It's this technical perspective where I feel most comfortable evaluating an investment's potential.

Are you seeking a technical Co-Founder for your amazing idea?

Writing and Perspectives

Charitable Endeavors

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