Marc Sparks is a serial entrepreneur and a venture capitalist based in Dallas, Texas. A “serial” entrepreneur is one who starts a multitude of businesses, is usually quite successful in them, doesn’t give up when one fails and instead thinks of it as a “learning experience“, and is happy to share business success tips with others.
As a matter of fact, Sparks has written an outstanding best-selling business how-to book, “They Can’t Eat You, My Unorthodox Path to Outrageous Success.” It gives motivation to others for entering the business world on a shoestring budget and few resources, and shares “kernels of wisdom” because he feels that it is possible for any person to be a success and learn from failures.
He believes that others can benefit from his years of building dozens of startups and selling hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of products and companies. He serves other entrepreneurs by helping to develop new businesses into revenue-generating companies. He offers an extensive incubation period to a handful of companies at a time and gives them access to office space, equipment, support staff, banking, capital, marketing, networking, accounting, legal, customer service expertise, and, the most important, more than 35 years of entrepreneurial experience.
Sparks maintains a handful of companies in Timber Creek Capital, LP, his own private equity firm where he is the CEO. He manages by example, has an outrageous sense of urgency nicknamed ‘Sparks Speed’, enjoys working with hundreds of happy staff members, and having thousands of happy customers.
Sparks also believes that you don‘t keep all the money for yourself and that you should also be a philanthropist. He not only volunteers his time but also often gives startup money to ventures that appear that they could be headed to major successes, has worked with Habitat For Humanity in helping to construct more than a dozen homes, has donated to a program that helps local youth receive a high school diploma, and through his “Sparky’s Kids” foundation has given over 1,000 new computers to at-risk kids.
Additionally, he also volunteers at a local homeless shelter in Dallas, The Samaritan Inn, which houses around 160 residents a night, the average stay is around five months, and the program gives counseling, family services, health programs, job placement, and financial education.
Sparks’ main “hobby” is adventurous travel, and he feels that he gets more ideas and inspiration from it than from any other medium.