Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth
Mark Tebbe has a wealth of successful entrepreneurial experience including the founding of two NASDAQ-listed corporations as well as direct involvement 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 Booth School of Business, Tebbe aids students in their entrepreneurial roles and helps professors enhance the technical reality for their classes. As an operating executive at Lake Capital, Tebbe is involved in guiding and aiding numerous portfolio companies with strategy development, operational refinement, and execution monitoring, as well as investment evaluation, structuring and negotiation. Tebbe was also a founder and the vice chairman of Answers Corporation (NASDAQ:ANSW), which owns and operates advertising-supported public websites. He was also the founder and chairman of Lante Corporation, which he grew from a two-person firm in 1984 to a 1,300-employee NASDAQ-listed international corporation that was acquired by SBI Group in 2002. Over the years, he has been a consultant to executive management of many leading companies including American Express, Dell, and Microsoft, as well as nonprofit organizations such as National Park Service, United Nations, and World Economic Forum.
Tebbe is a recognized and published industry expert on emerging technologies whose insights have appeared in leading national publications including BusinessWeek, Fortune and the Wall Street Journal. Tebbe is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, focusing on fostering values-based leadership and open-minded dialogue. In light of his service to the University of Illinois, where he earned his B.S. in computer science/engineering degree, Tebbe 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.