Mark founded SkillPod Media in early 2007, the business has since re-branded to GameZBoost. Mark’ career in the online gaming industry started in early 2000, when he held the position of VP Technology and then later he took up the position of VP Business Development, where he established a number of global casual gaming, lottery and bingo initiatives for the group. He self funded and bootstrapped the business for the first year and a half and in 2008 went on to secure series A funding from institutional investors, Convergence Partners. He has extensive experience in the online world, having developed and launched his first website in 1995 and then going onto build and launch some of the first South African online communities in 1998, for Destiny Electronic Commerce and Metropolis Transactive.
Mark has 18 years of experience in the international gaming industry and has gained extensive knowledge and experience in the social gaming, gambling, competitive gaming, sales and marketing, business development, search engine marketing and search engine optimisation and has used these skills to position and grow the business into a recognised global gaming solutions provider. He has always had a passion and interest in gaming and used the Basic language to code his 1st game on a Commodore Vic 20 at the age of 13, back in 1981.
Mark is passionate about business and has a strong focus on strategy, innovation and new business development, having secured a reputable list of clients that span the globe. In 2009 the business was a runner up in the TT100 awards and in 2013 Mark was recognised by InfoDev / World Bank as a Global Top 50 Entrepreneur. Mark has also been featured numerous times in publications that include Entrepreneur Mag (http://www.entrepreneurmag.co.za/advice/growing-a-business/innovation/the-gaming-enabler/), Tech Central (https://www.techcentral.co.za/serious-money-in-casual-gaming/22293/), eTV Tech Report (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbwviMFvKPU), SAfm Tech Show, Sunday Times and Financial Mails iWeek (http://www.iweek.co.za/on-the-cover/not-just-for-fun).