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Jun 15, 2011
Santa Monica, CA, US
Mark Jeffrey is a serial technology entrepreneur and author. He has co-founded four internet companies and written two novels.
Most recently, Mark co-founded web television network ThisWeekIn.com with Jason Calacanis and comedian / actor Kevin Pollak. Investors included Sky Dayton, Matt Coffin and Jarl Mohn (founder of E! and Liberty Digital). Mark served as CEO from its inception in Jan 2010 until May 2011, during which time the company grew to 27 shows collectively getting 4 million views per month across iTunes, YouTube, Google TV and other online outlets. He also hosted or co-hosted the shows: This Week In Books, This Week In Cloud Computing, This Week In iPad, and This Week In Android. He remains Chairman of the Board.
From 2007 to 2010, Mark was the founding CTO of Mahalo.com, Inc., a human-powered search and learning site backed by Sequoia Capital, CBS, News Corp, Elon Musk (Paypal) and others. He recruited a robust technology team from scratch and when he exited to ThisWeekIn, Mahalo.com was one of the top 150 sites on the Internet.
Prior to this, Jeffrey co-founded a business social networking company ZeroDegrees, Inc. in 2002 and sold it to IAC/InteractiveCorp in 2004 with more than one million registered users. He was VP of Product, charged with building the tech team and leading product design.
His first company, The Palace, Inc., was backed by Time Warner, Intel and Softbank and sold to Communities.com in 1998. The Palace was a popular avatar virtual world environment which had 10 million users at its peak. It was was selected ‘The Best of 1996' by Entertainment Weekly, receiving numerous awards including a Webby Award nomination; “Cool Innovation of the Year” nominee; Chicago SUN-Times` Best Website: 1998.
He also was the co-founder and CEO of SuperSig, Inc. in 1999, which focused on app-like functionality embedded in email. Customers included Williams-Sonoma, ITXC (a VoIP company), and Yahoo / Launch Media. The company was backed Ron Conway's Angel Investors and others.
Mark has been named on of ‘50 to Watch’ by Variety Magazine, selected as one of the “Digital Coast 50′ by the Silicon Alley Reporter, and one of the “Heroes of Multimedia” by Entertainment Weekly. He was presented as a featured speaker at the first Harvard University Conference on the Internet and Society in 1996.
His novel, MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT, was published in hardcover and ebook by HarperCollins in May, 2011. The book was initially podcast as a series of episodic mp3's and received over 2.5 million downloads.
Mark Jeffrey holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire.