Mark is a serial founder & investor who breathes startups. He is the Founder of Interplay Ventures, a co-founder of DevSpark, Founder Shield, Nomad Financial, TwentyPine, Venwise and a Venture Partner at High Peaks Venture Partners. He also has a background in management consulting, working at firms such as Bain and KPMG. Mark graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and holds his MBA from Columbia Business School. His blog has reached enough folks to garner the attention and Business Insider who listed Mark as one of the 100 Most Influential Digital NYers. He has also been included in the CVC30 – a list of the 30 most interesting members of the Columbia University startup community. This blog has been syndicated or cited on Inc.com, Mashable, Business Insider, OPENForum, AlwaysOn, PEHub, ReadWriteWeb, The Wall Street Journal and others.
Laurie Samach has experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, having launched her career at Gap, Inc.’s management rotational program, gaining exposure to several aspects of the organization. She then worked in global production and sourcing for the Old Navy division. After completing her graduate degree in Applied Psychology, Laurie transitioned into higher education as a career counselor. She worked at Columbia University’s Center for Career Education followed by a position as the Director of the Career Center at Yeshiva University. She works with undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni, and frequently lectures to large audiences on career-related topics. Laurie Davis holds her Master's in Counseling from NYU and her Bachelor's in History, summa cum laude from Duke University.