Hi. I’m Mark
I work with startups and fast-growing companies looking to tell better stories.
I’m connected to the world of startups and storytelling through my consulting, blog, newsletter and advisory roles. I help startups with strategic planning, tactical execution and business coaching.
Here’s how I help startups:
I believe in the power of story-driven marketing. I help startups and entrepreneurs accelerate their marketing and sales efforts – everything from messaging and brand positioning to strategic planning and content creation. I have worked with dozens of fast-growing companies tell their stories better and jump-start their marketing. Watch the video or visit the services page to learn more about how I can help you.
Here’s my story
My work with startups began during the dot-com boom (in hindsight, not the best timing!) when a friend convinced me to leave newspaper journalism to launch a software company with him. I then worked with three startups before getting laid off in 2008. Now what? Armed with a small severance package, I started my own business. Pretty soon, I was approached by startups looking for marketing help. The rest, as they say, is history.
I write a blog about marketing and a newsletter with 2,100 subscribers that features curated content about startups. I self-published a book, Storytelling for Startups, which helps entrepreneurs tell better stories. I’m a mentor with HIGHLINE, and an advisor to The Next 36 and Venture for Canada. When not working, I play a lot of hockey and tennis, and take long summer vacations (the most recent was South America).
Blog Posts Written
Hockey Games Weekly
Mark helped Limelight from day one by refining our messaging and turbo charging our content marketing. He’s a great addition for startups looking to drive demand generation. Mark helped us navigate the complicated messaging and content process of a big data solution. He was fast to learn the industry, attentive to our needs and very flexible with his work schedule.Jonah Midanik
If want to get the job done, Mark is your guy. He is tenacious and very organized. He also recognized when we were struggling to get content done and would jump in an offer to help. Probably the greatest asset that Mark brought to the team and the project was his collaborative nature. We worked through many scenarios and he guided us through two very large pivots in our thinking.Brian McConnell
If you’re looking to develop clear messaging for your company/brand, Mark is the person you want to work with. He helped us develop our messaging and talking points for our target market – something we had struggled with for a long time. I highly recommend Mark!Chris Gory