Marc is a serial entrepreneur who has started and led emerging technology companies in four different industrial sectors. He has 22 years of experience applying technology intended to disrupt and transform business sectors. He is an expert in business process design and re-engineering. He holds a patent for his first software design and conceived and designed the core technical innovations in each of the companies he founded. During this period, he has raised more than $50M in early stage venture capital.
Marc is currently the founder and CEO of Hungry Planet Farms, a start-up focused on developing LED lighting and automation systems for controlled environment agriculture using advanced software intelligence. Hungry Planet is the culmination of five years of research related to the economic potential of sustainable agriculture, and the required technology. The research began in 2008 when Marc was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Texas, where his role was to commercialize technology developed in the university’s research laboratories. During this period, he led the horticulture lighting division of Illumitex, Inc., where he designed LED lighting systems for horticulture applications around the world. The diversity and complexity of applying LED lighting to horticulture during this time has positioned him as one of the leading experts in the field of LED horticulture lighting.
Before his role at the University of Texas, he was founder and CEO of N2L, Inc. which developed multi-variant logistics software used for eligibility determination of public assistance (welfare) programs. Microsoft cited the uniqueness of the software when naming N2L one of Microsoft’s Top 20 Worldwide Partners. N2L was acquired by the nation’s largest provider of welfare counseling services. Prior to N2L, Marc founded Cofiniti, Inc., one of the first enterprise class, e-commerce providers, where he served as CEO from 1994 to 1998, and Chairman until 2000. Cofiniti pioneered multi-variant logistics applications for the financial services industry. He led the company through the early business cycle and the subsequent ‘dot-com’ downturn achieving profitabilty before the company was aquaired by a subsidiary of General Electric. Marc has as BA in Business Management with majors in Finance and Administration.