Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist Marc Sparks

For Marc Sparks, being a serial entrepreneur is something he has been doing since 1975, when he graduated from an Austin Texas high school. He has been instrumental in dozens of start ups, which have been extremely successful. Having thirty-four years of entrepreneurial experience, Marc decided it was time to put down all of his wisdom, trials, and tribulations on paper to help others. He gives a lot of credit for his accolades to God.

Marc has a passion for creating companies from ideas that others think are not possible. He currently maintains, in this private equity firm called Timber Creek Capital, LP, several portfolio companies. With a sound business model and culture, Marc takes the time to develop plans with long term and short term goals from an initial idea. Living by the philosophy that one must lead by example, he does so for his team to follow.

In Marc Spark’s book They Can’t Eat You, Marc shares everything and stated that it was a painful experience. He hopes that people learn from his mistakes and unsuccessful ventures rather than simply read about how he started a software company and was averaging $200 million a year in sales. For example, he once started an insurance company out of his bedroom that at one point was worth a lot of money and then lost it all within ninety days. Sharing bad experiences like this is something that others will benefit from. Having unsuccessful venture after another can crush the hopes of any entrepreneur and Marc hopes the book will help. Marc Spark’s colleagues also helped convince him to write his book.

Besides being a successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Marc also has a passion for helping the homeless and individuals that want to help themselves. The Samaritan Inn in Texas, is a homeless shelter that Marc has been involved in since the late eighty’s. According to reports from Bloomberg, they house sees roughly 160 residents a night and it is not uncommon to have to turn away some 75 people a week. The length of stay is maxed out around five month.

Having a passion for building and philanthropy, Marc Sparks is very involved with Habitat for Humanity and has personally helped build over a dozen houses. He is also a proud supporter of American Can! Academy, which is a network of magnet high schools. To help break the cycle of poverty, Marc’s foundation Sparky’s Kids, has donated over one thousand computers to at-risk children.

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