Mark Tebbe has a wealth of successful entrepreneurial experience including the founding of two NASDAQ-listed corporations as well as investment, involvement, or board guidance in numerous start-up and high-growth companies over the past 30 years. As an Adjunct Professor and Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Markaids students in their entrepreneurial efforts. As an Operating Executive at Lake Capital, Mark is involved in guiding and aiding numerous portfolio companies with strategy development, operational refinement, execution monitoring, as well as investment evaluation, structuring and negotiation. Mark was also a founder and the vice chairman of Answers Corporation (NASDAQ:ANSW), which owned and operated advertising-supported public websites before being sold in April 2011. Mark was also the founder and chairman of Lante Corporation (NASDAQ:LNTE), which he grew from a two-person firm in 1984 to an 1,300-employee international corporation that was acquired by SBI Group in 2002. Over the years,Mark has been a trusted advisor to executive management of many leading companies including American Express, Dell and Microsoft as well as non-profit organizations such as National Park Service, United Nations and World Economic Forum.
Mark is also active in numerous social and non-profit endeavors including his activity with Field Museum (Chairman of the Technology Committee and member of the Executive Committee), Economic Club of Chicago (member of the Technology Committee and Program Committee), as well as 1871 and the Chicago Entrepreneurial Center (member of the Executive Committee). Mark is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, focusing on fostering values-based leadership and open-minded dialogue. In light to his service to the University of Illinois, the alma mater of his B.S. in Computer Science/ Engineering degree, Mark was honored with the Chicago Illini of the Year Award as well as the national Alumni Honor Award for Distinguished Service. He also supports numerous children-oriented, educational and environmental causes.