About

Welcome!

I’m Mark McGuire. I hope you enjoy this site where I write about outdoor travel adventures (often by bike, sail or canoe), entrepreneurship, business leadership, family, and other stuff that interests me.

A bit about me:

  • I’ve co-founded and led 5 start-ups over my 20+ year career.  2 had successful exits, including Jellyfish.com, which was sold to Microsoft and became the framework for Bing Shopping.  The most recent start-up, rebranded recently from Gravy to Spin, is still active. Some of the most important lessons I have learned in business have come from ventures that didn’t succeed.  I wrote this post-mortem about the experience of shutting down the start-up Nextt in 2014.
  • In 2016, I moved (with my family) from our long time home in Madison, WI to Minneapolis, MN to launch and lead gener8tor Minnesota, part of the gener8tor start up accelerator family.
  • In 2015, I completed a sabbatical with my family, and shared a lot of the experience on this site. We spent six months traveling the Caribbean, mostly on a sailboat. If interested, you can read my posts about that adventure here.
  • I’m an entrepreneur and I believe that everyone can use entrepreneurial thinking to help design a meaningful life and make a positive impact in the world.

Feel free to contact me directly or connect on Twitter or LinkedIN.  I’d love to hear from you.

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear McGuire’s,

    Please travel safe, spread the good spirt of Waunakee, Wisconsin, and the USA. We look forward to following your adventure but most importantly to a safe return. Cheers, Frenchy, Jo, Ellie (from Ireland), and Mason.

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