Mark Walsh is a technology entrepreneur, manager and investor. He is currently the CEO and Co-founder of GeniusRocket, a leading provider of crowd-sourced Marketing for major brands and global non-profits. He has been the CEO or senior executive in a number of consumer and business-to-business technology and content companies, like GE, AOL, HBO and others. He was the CEO and Chairman of VerticalNet, a leading provider of B2B “communities of commerce”. The company went public on the NASDAQ in 1999. Mr. Walsh is very active in the education industry, investing in and serving on the boards of prominent educational software and service companies like Blackboard, In2Books (now ePals) and Spectrum K12.
He is also an active angel investor He is or was an investor and board member/advisor in a number of successful start-ups and high growth companies: for example – NutriSystems, (NASDAQ: NTRI) Day Software (Bought By Adobe), Verica l- The Electronic Components Marketplace (Bought by Arrow Electronics), IndustryBrains.com (Bought by Marchex), half.com (Bought by eBay), BlackBoard (NASDAQ: BBBB), Sensics HUD Technology, Transactis.com, LifeShield.com, MobilePosse.com, Ruckus.com, and the European run of the Broadway hit-show “Wicked”.
He is the chairman of the board of advisors to the DIngman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Smith Business School, and is on the board of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a DC based thought leader in policies and legislation, founded by four former heads of the US Senate, two Republicans and Two Democrats. He is active in other not for profits, having served on the boards of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and the NY Theatre Workshop (where the play “Rent” debuted).
Mr. Walsh has also been very active in US politics, serving as the first Chief Technology Advisor to the Democratic National Committee, Head of Internet operations for the John Kerry for President Campaign in 2004, and the founding CEO of AirAmerica Radio, which brought Al Franken and Rachel Maddow to the broadcast and satellite airwaves. He currently co-hosts a weekly political talk show on Sirius/XM satellite radio.
Mr. Walsh holds a BA from Union College in NY, and is the chairman of their board of Trustees. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was elected editor in chief of the school newspaper. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and (now grown) children.