Mark Bowles grew up in Southeast Texas but moved to California in 1987 and now lives in San Diego with his wife and 3 boys (Katie, Miles, Marshal, and Kasey). Mark has more than 23 years in the semiconductor and wireless industries. He has been involved in the formation and funding of six technology start-ups and has successfully raised 15 rounds of Venture Capital financing totaling more than $150 million; he has been part of some successful financial exits for these investors. Prior to ecoATM, he was with Vativ (sold to Entropic) as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development. Before Vativ, Mr. Bowles co-founded Staccato in 2002 and was Vice President, Marketing and Business Development where he helped build the ultrawideband (UWB) industry from scratch. Prior to Staccato he was co-founder, President, COO and director of BOPS, Inc. (sold to Altera), a broadband DSP cores and tools company. Prior to BOPS, he was instrumental in forming and/or funding a number of successful start-ups including Power Computing (sold to Apple in 1996); Panorama Designs (sold to Motorola in 1996); and BlueSteel Networks (sold to Broadcom in 2000). Mr. Bowles also spent six years at Motorola Semiconductor where he held various distribution management, sales and market development positions; he left in 1996 as Vice President MSPI, and PowerPC market development.
Mr. Bowles has been an active IEEE member in 802.15.3a, 802.15.4a, 802.11n, and a founding member of MBOA (marketing chair), Board member of WiMedia Alliance (Liaison to China Chapter), and key contributor to Certified Wireless USB. He also has three patents granted and 20 patents pending in kiosk technology, and three pending in UWB technology.
Mr. Bowles has been an invited speaker, keynote, or panelists in dozens of industry conferences on DSPs, wireless, UWB, and social networking. He has also been a guest lecturer on entrepreneurism and innovation at Duke, Stanford, UCSD, USD, Pepperdine, and Harvard. He has also authored more than a dozen published articles in the past decade.
Mr. Bowles holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Science in Technology Management (eMBA) from Pepperdine University. Mark is also a member of the Pepperdine Board of Visitors and an Advisory Board member for the University of San Diego's Center for Peace and Commerce.