Mark Wachen Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Status
  • Active

  • Professionals
  • 1


  • Investments
  • 19

  • Portfolio
  • 7

  • Exits
  • 12


Mark Wachen General Information


Mr. Mark Wachen is the Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director at Upstage Ventures. He is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at CardSnacks. He also served as Managing Director at DreamIt Ventures. He also serves as a Board Member at Veritonic. He served as a Board Member at Ordergroove. He was the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Optimost. He is also the founder of Optimost, the company that pioneered multivariate testing and optimization on the Internet, and he served as CEO for the company up until its acquisition by Interwoven in November 2007 for $52 million. He also served as an Advisor at Acorn. Before his entrepreneurial successes, he worked for seven years at Sony overseeing a variety of Internet initiatives. He was the CEO of Indimi, a company that was largely owned by Sony. While there, he spearheaded the acquisitions of InfoBeat, AdTools, and DailyRating. He was Vice President of Online Ventures for Sony Music, where he directed online initiatives, including Sony Music's investments in Spinner (acquired by AOL for $300 million), and the launch of the Sony Music Online Website in 1994. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College.

Business Details

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Corporate Office
  • New York, NY
  • United States
+1 (914) 000-0000

Mark Wachen Investments (19)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
YPulse 30-Jun-2023 Later Stage VC 00.00 Media and Information Services (B2B) Startup 0000 000000
PuzzleSocial 22-Dec-2014 00000 00000 000 Entertainment Software Generating Revenue 0000 000000
Bring Me That 11-Jul-2014 0000 00000 00000 Other Restaurants, Hotels and Leisure Generating Revenue 0000 000000
Catchafire 07-Jul-2014 00000 00000 00.000 Other Services (B2C Non-Financial) Generating Revenue 0000 000000
RJMetrics 15-May-2013 00000 00000 00.00 Internet Software Generating Revenue 0000 000000
Vengo 19-Feb-2013 0000 00000 000 Other Commercial Products Generating Revenue 0000 000000
Ordergroove 16-Nov-2012 00000 00000 00.00 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 0000 000000
YouNow 13-Sep-2012 00000 00000 00.000 Social/Platform Software Generating Revenue 0000 000000
Ingage (Business/Productivity Software) 29-Aug-2012 Later Stage VC 000.00 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 0000 000000
AfterSteps 30-Mar-2012 Early Stage VC 00000 Social/Platform Software Out of Business 0000 000000

Mark Wachen Exits (12)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Stella Connect 07-Sep-2020 Merger/Acquisition 000.00
Vengo 01-Jun-2020 000000000 00000000
Bring Me That 01-Mar-2020 000000000000000000
Take The Interview 26-Aug-2019 000000000000000000
RJMetrics 01-Aug-2016 0000000000
PuzzleSocial 01-Jul-2016 000000000000000000 000.00
AfterSteps 01-Nov-2015 000 00 00000000
Clothes Horse (Media and Information Services) 03-Dec-2014 000000000000000000
Optify (Business/Productivity Software) 07-Nov-2013 Merger/Acquisition
Tripl 01-Jan-2013 Bankruptcy: Liquidation

Mark Wachen Investments by Industry, Year, and Region

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Mark Wachen Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Mark Wachen Angel Investor 00 0 New York, NY

Mark Wachen Co-Investors (8)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
BlueRun Ventures 1 0 Series chart Industry bar
James Pallotta 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Jonah Goodhart 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Karl Jacob 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Simon Johnson 0 0 Series chart Industry bar

Mark Wachen FAQs

  • Who is Mark Wachen?

    Mark Wachen is an angel Investor who has made 19 investments.

  • What kind of investor is Mark Wachen?

    Mark Wachen is an angel investor.

  • What does Mark Wachen do?

    As an angel investor, Mark Wachen invests personal money into promising companies, typically in exchange for equity.

  • What has Mark Wachen invested in?

    Mark Wachen has made numerous investments in companies like YPulse, PuzzleSocial, and Bring Me That within the Media and Information Services (B2B), Entertainment Software, and Restaurants, Hotels and Leisure industries.

  • What has Mark Wachen invested in recently?

    Mark Wachen's latest investment was on 30-Jun-2023 in YPulse, a company within the Media and Information Services (B2B) industry.

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