Innovation & Impact
Mark has founded six companies, written five children’s books, and traveled to over 66 countries. Born in Wales, he studied Social Anthropology at Cambridge, drove ice cream trucks, waited tables, written and interviewed for TV, and crewed hot air balloons. His passion is where Technology, Anthropology and Development meet. Currently working on a health app and mentoring startups, he lives in Lisbon and Salvador.
First Digital CityGuides (Co-Founder)
Metrobeat innovated new digital formats, editorial standards and dynamic web content to deliver the first ever comprehensive online city guides. Merged with CitySearch in 1998.
Global Matchmaker (Co-Founder)
A global matchmaking dot-com phenomenon linking over 500,000 entrepreneurs and investors in 40 countries. Sold to Yazam Ventures in 2001.
Ghana Incubator & ISP (Founder)
The first large-scale privately-operated technolgy centre in Africa offering incubation and acceleration services, as well as offices and internet. Transformed into an ISP and sold to Afrimax in 2016.
Mobile Content Services (Founder)
Launched initially as an agricultural SMS/Voice service (market prices, nutrition & weather alerts), Esoko now provides tablet based profiling, tracking, and content services across Africa,
Accra Data Centre (Co-Founder)
A Tier3 carrier-neutral facility in central Accra offering secure data housing and colocation services. Sold to PAIX in 2017.
Startup Fund (Founder)
Small ticket investments in early stage startups in Ghana. Focus on tech, agric and catering sectors.
Authored five books for young adults including the first biography of Malcolm X for young adults.
Various Articles & Videos
CNN, BBC, Wall Street Journal have all covered various parts of the journey.