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David Marks

David Marks

GM at Ebates

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Seniority

12 Years

Hierarchy

Manager of Managers

Management Experience

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Hi everyone! My name is David Marks, and I'm the GM of Mobile for Ebates (now part of Rakuten). Very happy to meet all of you here and also looking forward to helping as a mentor. My role at Ebates spans a number of areas (product, marketing, eng, strategy, and sales). Before this, I've had a few other roles including VP Product at StumbleUpon, and 7 years as cofounder of one of the first recommendation-system-as-a-service companies in the 2000's (Loomia). I'm happy to help wherever I can, and I might be especially useful to people with questions about team building, org structure, and managing people in product. I'm based in SF.

Hey, I'm available every Thursday at 5:30 PM (GMT)

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  July 9, 2020
  5:30 PM (GMT)

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Managing growing pains of a scaling product team
28 May

David Marks, GM at Ebates, speaks about his advice for leading a product team and setting up a structure for feedback, trainings, and general organization.

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David Marks

David Marks

GM at Ebates

Experience

Vice President of Product

StumbleUpon

Jul 2013 - Aug 2015

I led the amazing StumbleUpon product and team across mobile, web, and advertising. This role involved refocusing on our mobile experience, embracing new growth channels, and adopting a lean approach to product building with continuous market feedback.

Owner

Digitapas LLC

Jan 2010 - Jul 2013

My personal consulting business focused on product strategy and execution work. My primary project has been to create a crowdfunding program for Habitat for Humanity International from scratch. Habitat has about 1 million annual volunteers who build houses for people in need across the world. Enabling them to raise funds for the builds they believed in using social networks for amplification was a huge opportunity. I helped take this from idea to reality, creating the product roadmap, finding technical partners to help execute it, and working across the organization to evangelize and spread the platform. This project live at http://share.habitat.org and has raised over $6.6M for the organization.

Consultant

Soundtrckr

Apr 2010 - Jun 2010

Product management consulting within the locative mobile applications market focused on music. Performed a survey of early users which was used to completely revise the product, refocus the value prop, and relaunch the service. Worked with mobile platforms to garner support and promotion. New version got traction, and is now available on many mobile platforms (iOS, windows phone, symbian, etc).

Cofounder, CTO, CEO

Loomia Inc

May 2004 - Dec 2009

Cofounder of Loomia, which was likely the first recommendation system-as-a-service business offered to the market. I served as CEO (inception through 2006 B round), then CTO (2006-2008), then CEO and president (2009). The service was used by a range of media and retail companies including WSJ, CBS and Audible. I was the creator of the social recommendation feature "SeenThis", which was also one of the first social recommendation widgets (Your friend X is watching Y, etc). This feature is now mainstream on many social networks, but at the time was unique leading to commercial interest and media attention.

Technical Director

Kucinich for President

Jul 2003 - Oct 2003

Managed a team of developers to establish online fundraising, promotions, and content publishing systems for the campaign. The campaign has raised over 7 million dollars from individuals, primarily online.

Principal Engineer

Publicis Modem

Dec 1999 - Dec 2000

Provided technical leadership and technology strategy for Modem prior to the Digitas acquisition.

Principal Engineer

vivid studios

Feb 1998 - Dec 1999

Lead software development teams from strategy through requirements, design, implementation, and testing for Internet-based applications for Fortune 1000 clients. Provided technical leadership in the areas of development process, recruiting, scaling, and platform choice and development. vivid studios was acquired by Modem Media (now Publicis Modem), and I landed in the Modem SF office for a year post-acquisition assisting with technology strategy as the level of sophistication of interactive advertising expanded rapidly.

Software Engineer

Goodcompany.com

Sep 1997 - Feb 1998

Implement content management and people-matching functionality for a leading online dating service. This was an interesting idea: mine discussion group text to recommend matches to people. Apparently, it worked for at least a few happy couples! Sadly, the business ran out of funding shortly after I joined. Believe it or not, investors weren't sure if online dating would ever take off with consumers due to social stigmas. Oops.

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