After many years of judging and mentoring in Booth’s New Venture Challenge (NVC), Mark Tebbe became one of the initial Polsky Center’s EIRs (Entrepreneur in Residence). In that role, Tebbe mentors students and advises faculty in developing technological business techniques. Building on the success of the D4Lab workshop, Mark helped develop and co-teaches the "D4 Foundations" class.
Mark also serves as an Operating Executive at Lake Capital, a $1.3 billion fund that focuses on marketing and technology services. He is also a board advisor to Merrick Ventures and assists with several portfolio investments such as higi, Merge Healthcare, and Wrapports (Chicago Sun-Times and Pioneer Press).
In 1984, Mark founded Lante Corporation, (NASDAQ: LNTE) a Chicago-based technology consulting firm in which he served as CEO and Chairman. Using $10,000 borrowed on his credit card, Tebbe launched the technology advisory firm that helped to create over 250 new businesses as well as building backend infrastructure and websites for established companies including Microsoft, Dell, American Airlines, American Express and Charles Schwab. Lante was taken private by SBI Group in September 2002 and sold (as Razorfish) to aQuantive in July 2004..
Mark was Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman of the Board and Lead Director of Answers Corporation, (NASDAQ: ANSW) formerly GuruNet. Inspired by the desire to create a productive website to aid his son on a school essay, Tebbe co-conceived the answers.com website which became one of the Web’s leading Q&A publishers.
Mark has served as a board member of SBI Group, Accent Software (NASDAQ: ACNTF), Divine Interventures (NASDAQ: DVIN), Elexos Corp. and Selective Search, Inc., ZixIt (NASDAQ: ZIXI) and OCTuS Software (NASDAQ: OCTS) with renowned Atari founder, Nolan Bushnell.
Tebbe is a featured technology contributing writer at the Chicago Sun Times and is involved with civic organizations including the Field Museum of Chicago (Trustee and Executive Board Member), Economic Club of Chicago (Technology Committee Member), Aspen Institute (1999 Crown Fellow), Chicago Entrepreneur Council (Board Member), 1871 (Board Member, Office of the President Member).
He has received numerous awards and honors including University of Illinois College of Engineering’s “Alumni Award for Distinguished Service”, Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Finalist, University of Illinois “Chicago Illini of the Year”, Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Inductee, Crain's Chicago Business's "40 under 40", Microsoft’s “Solution Provider Partner of the Year", and Sm@rt Reseller's "Smart 25" Executive.
2013 - 2014 Course Schedule
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