Mark is the CEO and co-founder of introNetworks which offers enterprise networks that are dedicated to helping people identify, and then make smart connections to who and what matters to them in their work and interests.
Since 2003 the company has successfully deployed over 300 introNetwork Systems across a growing customer base that includes such high profile organizations as Adobe, Autodesk, Cisco, the Clinton Global Initiative, Coca Cola, DowJones, Fortune, Google, Harvard, HP, McCann Worldgroup, NASA, P&G, PennState, the US Government, Virgin Galactic, Wharton, xerox, YPO and of course the TED Conference.
Mark has been on the leading edge of software development for more than twenty years. As a co-founder of Wavefront Technologies, Mark and his team developed software that completely revolutionized the way the world is entertained. He co-designed Wavefront's flagship product, Advanced Visualizer, which was the first commercial 3D modeling and animation system. Working directly with major Hollywood studios, the company introduced the world to computer-generated animation, and received many accolades - including an Oscar for Technical Achievement.
Mark was instrumental in growing Wavefront over ten years to a $45 million company. As the liaison between Fortune 500 clients and Wavefront software developers, Mark shared with non-technologists the possibilities of a new breed of software, and worked with developers to make clients' dreams come true. Beyond helping design products that were tailored for the entertainment industry, Wavefront's technologies revolutionized the design and video game industries as well.
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I'm passionate about
Helping people see how technology can be used to sift through vast amounts of information and help them make better decisions, faster, easier and much more intuitively.
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People don't know I'm good at
Helping brainstorm ideas on how a smart social network could be created that would stimulate conversations between employees, customers and partners.
My TED story
In 2002 I learned from a colleague at Macromedia that they were slated to sponsor TED. But because of their sponsorship role, the company would not be able to self-promote at the conference - so we proposed that Macromedia create an immersive social networking experience for the attendees.
In just eight weeks - and with the help of Chris Anderson, Macromedia heavyweights, and some talented developers and designers - we created an ambitious and unprecedented networking system that allowed over 1,000 attendees to build personal profiles and interact with one another. After just four days 78 percent of the people had tried the system at least once and more than 3,000 messages had been sent.
Since then, we formed introNetworks, Inc. to continue innovating around the base technology created for TED. We have rolled out a completely new version of the platform each year, always working closely with customers to implement their ideas for improving the networking experience.