Marc Sparks: Austin’s Serial Entpreneur and Philanthropy Hero

Marc Sparks is a serial entrepreneur who is based in Austin, Texas. Sparks has been starting a plethora of startups since 1975 after graduating from high school. Some of these startups have been amazing success stories, and others have been utter failures. Nevertheless, Sparks learn and grew through it all, and now he has spread his kernels of wisdom to the world in his book called They Can’t Eat You.

 

In writing this book, Sparks stated how emotionally painful it was. He mentioned how it was great recalling starting a software firm in which he sold products where he earned $200 million per year. But on the other hand, it was painstaking to begin an insurance holding firm that grew to a market cap worth nearly a billion dollars, just to lose it all within ninety days. With this book, he aims to encourage others who are struggling to accomplish their dreams. Also, Sparks said that his faith, tenacity, passion, focus, monetization savviness, and an outrageous urgency sense are all the traits that contributed to his success. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/marc.sparks1

 

Sparks has a private equity company called the Timber Creek Capital. In this company, he oversees a plethora of portfolio organizations. He also develops short term and long term growth plans, and establishes a business model. He maintains an open door policy always in which he and his entire team meet in real time as well. Learn more: http://timbercreekcapital.com/

 

Outside of publishing and running his business, Sparks also has a deep passion with charities and philanthropy. Since the late 80s, he has been working with The Samaritan Inn, a Texas homeless shelter. At this shelter, he helps those who help themselves. Approximately 160 residents are there each night with an average stay of five months. And while living there, the residents will undergo financial education, counseling, job placement, health programs, and family services. Learn more: http://sparktankdfw.com/

 

Other philanthropic endeavors include him assisting in constructing more than a dozen homes for the Habitat for Humanity. Sparks also hugely supports the American Can! Academy, a magnet high school network. And with this program, he has a foundation called Sparky’s Kids in which Sparks donates over a thousand, brand new computers to kids who are at risk of impoverished and other relatable conditions.