Mark Goldstein
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Mark Goldstein

Chairman of BackOps which sells a back office as a service suite to SMBs

Personal blog: www.markgoldstein.com
Tiburon, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since October 08, 2007
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Lost in my friends House of Mirrors attraction on SF's Fisherman's Wharf. Quote_down
About Mark
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Education
2012 Penn , BS

I am a(n):

Entrepreneur

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:

Badgeville, KiiP, Causes, Hawkeye Brewing

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

The highs
The lows
The sales win, the client losses.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Hiring badly

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Know your partner(s)-inside and out
Understand the motivations of your investors and stakeholders
Don't partner too early

Full bio

I've been involved in online services since 1983 when I got my first job at Apple and was put in charge of home investing, banking and online gaming. I enjoy the rush of being the underdog with a new project and changing people's perception of the status quo. I've led industry trade associations, been a member of numerous founding teams and personally started nine companies, the bulk with solid outcomes. I'm driven to solving interesting, marketing-related problems in big known sectors (i.e. retail, investing, gaming, accounting) and being a part of a smart heads-down team where everyone has dirty fingernails. I've also concluded it takes almost as much time and energy to solve a big, fun problem as a smaller, dull one---so I mise as well think BIG and surround myself with a hungry, wicked focused team of brainiacs.

Specialties

Starting and/or helping to guide Internet-related companies that help consumers and business folk better control their destiny. I'm also been an active angel investor, Board member and/or Advisor to over 50 firms. Current advisory projects include Pono, Cloudwords, Pinchit and mPact.