Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who has started a large number of new businesses during his career. He graduated from high school in 1975 and decided that rather than going to college he would open his own company. He has been opening companies ever since. He also invests in other companies and has a business, Timber Creek Capital, LP, through which he helps other entrepreneurs successfully launch their products and services.
There have been a number of industries that Marc Sparks has either owned, sold, or ran a business in. Among the many companies he has been a part of include Agency Matrix, which provides autonomous office solutions, Bonn Oir which makes handcrafted vodka, Cobalt Real Estate Services where he sold and managed multi-family residential properties, and Uncle Marc Food Delivery which provides a restaurant food delivery service. He has also been involved in the insurance industry including auto, home, life, and health insurance, as well as a number of telecommunications companies.
In order to inspire others to start their own businesses and do so successfully, Marc Sparks wrote a book which was published in the fall of 2014. The book is called “They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path to Outrageous Success“. The talks about how he started creating companies with very little money and few resources to draw upon. He also shares “50 Sparks” which gives people a solid plan on which to build their business.
As a venture capitalist, Marc Sparks has also talked about what he needs to hear from entrepreneurs before he is interested investing in their idea. The most important thing is that they have an idea that is unique and/or proprietary. If the idea can be easily copied by others then it’s not very valuable. He also says that if you are already selling your product then he wants to see the sales data. He needs to see proof of demand that is generating a lot of consumer interest. Also, he wants to know exactly how you plan to use the money you’re asking him for. Show him how the money is going to improve the business and extend its reach.