on Florida and other underserved venture capital markets. Prior to starting Las Olas VC, Mark
spent about 15 years at Higher One, a company he co-founded in 2000 while a senior in college. In
his roles as CFO, Chairman and then CEO, Mark has had a major hand in steering the company from
its first round of seed funding and multiple rounds of venture funding all the way to its successful
IPO in 2010, and beyond. He helped grow Higher One from just three founders to more than 1,000
employees and guide the company through multiple acquisitions exceeding $150mm in aggregate
value. When Mark left in 2014, Higher One’s products and services supported more than 1,900
schools and approximately 13 million enrolled students.
Since 2008 Mark has been an active angel investor and has invested in over 30 companies. He is
also a Director of the Founder Institute – South Florida, where he helps budding entrepreneurs get
their companies started. Mark is the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 New England Financial
Services Award winner and was an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 National Award finalist. He
has been a regional and national judge for the program since 2012.
Mark holds a BA and MA in Economics from Yale University. He was a founding officer of the Yale
Entrepreneurial Society and on its board from 2000 to 2010. This nonprofit organization promotes
entrepreneurship among Yale students, faculty and alumni, and sponsors an annual business plan
competition. Mark’s past civic roles include serving on the Fort Lauderdale Aviation Advisory Board
and as Chairman of the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority, and positions on the Florida Board of
Take Stock in Children, the New Haven Economic Development Committee.