Marc Sparks was just an average student in his high school in Austin, Texas. The best he managed to get for himself was a high school diploma. He never attended college. He wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. But he had the fiery spirit of an entrepreneur and the thirst to succeed. Couple this with a strong work ethic, an unflinchingly positive attitude and a deep faith in god and you have the perfect recipe for success in life.
And succeed he did indeed! Nearly 35 years down the line, as we look at Marc Sparks and Timber Creek Capital LP, we see a self made man. A big hearted texan who never banked on luck to succeed in business.
Somebody who was never afraid of failure. You really cannot afford to be afraid of failure if you ever hope to make it in business, especially as a venture capitalist. And Marc is one of the best in the game.
It is not easy being a venture capitalist. Identifying a successful business venture and avoiding potential duds is a skill that earned through time and experience. Mr. Sparks’ portfolio speaks volumes about his business acumen and eye for success. From media and telecommunications to real estate and capital ventures, this is the the mark of a businessman always looking to push the envelope and seek newer horizons.
This pioneering spirit has paid handsome dividends over time as well. Splash Media, Blue Jay Wireless, Boxstar LLC, GlobalTec Solutions, Reliant Healthcare, Agency Matrix…, the sheer number of successful business ventures that Sparks identified and nurtured from an early stage is truly impressive. Though he is a serial venture capitalist always on the lookout for newer investment opportunities, Sparks still holds significant stakes in some of his more stellar investment successes.
Beyond the mere success in business, what truly marks an exceptional individual is what he or she does with that success. Despite his business clout, wealth and power, Marc Sparks comes across as an excessively humble and devout Christian with a passion for humanitarian and philanthropic causes.
Through Habitat for Humanity, he helps build housing for homeless families. His involvement in the American Can! Academies has helped at risk children to continue their education. To further assist these youngsters, Sparks has established Sparkey’s Kids, his very own non profit organization that donates thousands of laptops to the kids at the American Can! Academy. Sparks can even be seen doing charitable work serving food to the needy at various homeless kitchens in his beloved Texas.
You can read his full story in “They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path to Outrageous Success” his how-to book which he authored and published in 2014.
DriverPete October 22, 2016
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