Mark is the co-founder and CEO of Mangrove. He grew up in Africa and Egypt, went to university in the US and has lived in Europe for 20 years, integrating values of ambition, humility and open-mindedness along the way. He launched our firm in 2000 with Gerard Lopez and Hans-Jürgen Schmitz on the belief that talent is everywhere and that bold entrepreneurs should make more money than he does. This philosophy is imbedded in his firm’s DNA. Mark thinks entrepreneurs are the real stars and spends his time traveling extensively across the globe looking for the next big thing.
Mark is interested in weird ideas. In fact, the weirder, the better. He engages with entrepreneurs who want to disrupt the norm and change the world. He is critical, direct and impatient, yet always supportive. He currently serves on the boards of Nimbuzz, FreedomPop and Wix and have had the privilege of being involved with Skype until the company was sold to eBay for €2.5 billion.
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