Startup Galway talks are back

The next Galway Start-up talk takes place April 16 at 8pm, in Monroes. The guest speaker this time is Mark Bowles.

Mark Bowles is founder and senior vice president of Innovation with ecoATM, provider of automated recycling stations for consumer electronics, and acquired by Outerwall for $350 million in 2013. Bowles has more than 25 years in the semiconductor, wireless, and kiosk industries and has been involved in the formation and funding of six tech startups for which he has raised 17 rounds of VC financing totalling nearly $250M, with some nice financial exits for these investors in the process. Prior to ecoATM, Bowles was VP marketing and business development with Vativ (sold to Entropic ). Prior to that, Bowles co-founded Staccato in 2002 and was VP marketing and business development.

Prior to Staccato he was Co-Founder, President, COO and Director of BOPS (sold to Altera ). Prior to BOPS, he was instrumental in forming and funding a number of successful startups 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 VP MSPI of PowerPC Market Development. Bowles has had nine patents granted in kiosk technology, 30+ pending in kiosk technology, and 1 pending in wireless authentication. Mark has also been a National Science Foundation grantee and researcher. He is chairman of the San Diego Venture Group, and a mentor at the Qualcomm/TechStars Robotics Accelerator in San Diego.

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