Marcus Nelson

Marcus Nelson

CEO of @addvocate • adviser • speaker • twin • chili champ • husband to @emilyjo • dad of 3 • 1/2 kiwi born #Texan raised #Wisconsin •former @salesforce @uservoice

San Francisco, California, United States
Member since September 06, 2012
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If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:, mightytext, mighthive

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

The disconnect between the people with the pain and the people with the money to solve that pain, but have never felt it to know that it's real.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Following other people's advice.

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

Never trust that investors will get back to you.
Stick with your gut, it's what got you to this point in the first place.
Never take criticism personally.

Full bio

I’m a Midwesterner, a husband of 14 years, father of three, entrepreneur, adviser to startups, and public speaker. Half Kiwi, born Texan, raised Wisconsonite

Random Facts

  • Former Director of Social Media for
  • Co-founded
  • Founded a citizen-journalism site
  • Founded a coworking space
  • First blogged in 2002
  • Father of child w/ Cystic Fibrosis
  • Chili Cook-Off – Grand Champ 2001
  • Founded 1st cybercafe in Central Wisconsin
  • J.Crew catalog model '96-'97
  • Smuggled Bibles into the former USSR
  • Have a twin brother named Angus