Mark Mullen of Bonfire Ventures
In this episode, Hall is joined by Mark Mullen of Bonfire Ventures. You’ll learn about Mark’s start into early stage investing. Mark grew up in Colorado with his family and father who was an entrepreneur with many different businesses and a successful career. In the late 80’s after college, Mark was working with a private equity firm in San Francisco where he met engineers who were building a computer program that allows different networks to talk to each other. He loved the idea so Mark and his dad dived in an invested 5,000 (which they lost) but he felt it gave him one of those valuable learning experiences.
Hall and Mark also talk about his experiences moving abroad as an investor and how he led the increase in venture funding in Southern California. He also speaks about how he invests as well as what strategy he uses while also investing in teams looking for execution.
Mark is co-founder and Managing Director of Bonfire Ventures. Mark has been investing in private VC-backed businesses for 17 years. Previously Mark founded and served as Managing Partner of predecessor firms Double M Partners and Mull Capital. All of the funds focused on investing in internet, media and technology with primary emphasis on business to business software solutions. Prior to Double M Partners, Mark served as COO of the City of Los Angeles (Office of Economic Policy) and Senior Advisor to the then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, where he oversaw several of the City’s assets including the LA International Airport (LAX), LA Convention Center, the Planning and Building & Safety Departments, as well as the Office of Small Business Services. From 1993-2007, Mark ran the international M&A and private equity group for Daniels & Associates, a boutique investment bank focused on the cable and broadband industry. Mark was a senior partner of Daniels when it was acquired by RBC Capital Markets in 2007 where he stayed until 2010 as Managing Director. Mark serves on the board of Fama, Trinity Mobile Networks, and Altice USA Inc (ATUS.N). Mr. Mullen earned his BSBA with cum laude honors from the University of Denver in 1986 and earned his MBA in international business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1992. Mark has lived and worked in San Francisco, Paris, London, Denver and New York City and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
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