Marc Sparks, Successful Businessman and Philanthropist

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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.


Marc Sparks: An Entrepreneur of Entrepreneurs

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The very first thing that one should know about Marc Sparks is that he is an entrepreneur like no other. He is one of the people who have started tons of successful businesses and worked with people on ideas that are very challenging almost to the point of being seemingly impossible.

He is also a faithful person who believes in the grace of God. He is willing to do everything he can with what he has been given. One of his philosophies is of whom much is given, much is expected. He is also thankful to God for the challenging circumstances and even devastating occurrences for the lessons that comes with it about responsibility and success.

Given his success as an entrepreneur, many wouldn’t know that he has graduated with a C+ average. He attributes his success to the grace of God. He is also willing to share a lot of what he has with others that are in a similar circumstance as he is. Now given that he is a very successful entrepreneur, he has plenty of failures that he took on before he was finally blessed with successful businesses.

According to CrunchBase, Marc Sparks has detailed his journey with a book called “They Can’t Eat You“. This book looks into everything that he has tried. He considers it a hard and painful book to write. He does believe that people will learn a lot from his failures as opposed to his successes.

Even as a successful entrepreneur, Marc has had days of poverty. He was actually poor to the point that he had to buy groceries with a Texaco credit card. However, that didn’t take away his excitement and zeal for life.

One of the things he is often asked is if he is afraid of losing. His response is that he does enjoy winning, but he understands that it is impossible to win everything. Marc Sparks has also never lived with the intention of becoming a billionaire. His mentality with business is that he wanted to help solve challenges that humanity faces.

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