Areas of Expertise
Moderator • Smart Cities • Leadership • GGC-General • Future of Work • Future of Learning • Facilitator • Exponential Thinking • Exponentials • Exponential Organizations • Disruption • Digital Manufacturing • Crowdsourcing • Entrepreneurship • Corporate Innovation
Mark is a sought-after speaker and consultant on innovation, innovation spaces, the maker movement, corporate innovation, advanced manufacturing, and leadership. Mark is Faculty at Singularity University and an Affiliate of the Institute for the Future. He advises senior leadership at large manufacturing companies across multiple sectors. He advises a few start-up companies in machine learning, manufacturing spatial web design software, and a gig economy platform company.
Mark is the former CEO and co-founder of TechShop, which was recognized as the largest commercial chain of makerspaces in the world. His book best-selling book, The Maker Movement Manifesto was published in September of 2013 by McGraw-Hill. His last book, The Maker Revolution, was released in January of 2018 by Wiley. Some have described Mark as the “Godfather of the Maker Movement,” and his book has been described as the “Bible of the Maker Movement.”
He has spoken at the White House, the UN, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations and many others; he has spoken to corporate groups from GE, Ford, P&G, ExxonMobil, Kraft, Autodesk, SABIC, and many other US and Global Fortune 500 firms. Mark has appeared on most major US television news channels and has also been quoted in numerous prominent magazines and newspapers.
Awards and recognition:
• “I want to thank Mark and Jim for the great work they’ve done in helping to set up TechShop” – President Barak Obama
• The San Francisco Business Times presented Mark a “Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO Award.”
• Fast Company recognized him in their “Who’s Next” column.
• He was named a “Biz Dev Ninja” by Xconomy.
• He was recognized as one of “25 Leaders in the New Industrial Revolution” by Popular Mechanics.
“These 12 Remarkable Veteran Changed Business Forever” by Entrepreneur Magazine. In process, Executive Doctorate in Business Administration at Pepperdine Graziadio School. MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University.
BA in Economics from UC Irvine. Mark is also a former Green Beret.
Making the Future, June 2015
Boom! The Maker Revolution.
This is a power packed presentation on how the exponential technologies of digital advanced manufacturing tools and software are interplaying with the exponential explosion of makerspaces, and the maker movement to change the world. This presentation finishes with a quick review of 5 companies that have already changed the world through use of Makerspaces.
Innovation Revolution. Everything just changed.
This is an enlightening and provocative presentation on how almost everything we used to know about innovation, innovation process, and innovation strategy has changed in the last decade as a result of the interplay between friction free access to markets, knowledge, and capital with access to cheap, easy to use, powerful manufacturing tools, open innovation, open software platforms, and collaborative consumption.
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