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Mark Bünger is a Research Director at Lux Research, with over 20 years of business strategy experience as a management consultant and technology analyst. In this time, he has advised more than 40 Fortune 500 corporations, led hundreds of engagements, and authored over 60 reports and other publications. He is passionate about science and its role in innovation, and works with R&D and business leaders at clients around the world.
Mark joined Lux Research in 2005, and launched and leads Lux Research’s Alternative Fuels and Bio-based Materials & Chemicals Intelligence services. He previously led the company’s consulting practice and research team.
Prior to joining Lux, Mark was a Principal Analyst at Forrester Research in automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing; a Managing Director at European technology consultancy LB International; a co-founder of leading online promotional currency company SoftCoin, sold to You Technologies; and a senior consultant at Accenture in the U.S. and Europe.
Mark and his work have figured in leading media outlets in the U.S. and Europe, including CNN, PBS, CNBC, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, American Chemical Society Nano Letters, and other technical, regional, and trade publications and channels. He is a frequent speaker with recent presentations to the European Commission, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Physics, and other government, academic, and industrial groups.
Mark’s business education was in International Marketing at Mälardalen Polytechnic in Sweden, and Market Research at the University of Texas at Austin. His ongoing technical education includes extension courses and lab work in neurology and bioengineering at University of California (Berkeley) and San Francisco (UCSF), where he currently works in the Desai lab. He speaks English, Swedish, and German, and is conversant in several other languages. He has served as Chairman and Vice-Chair of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce on the regional and national level, respectively. Mark and his wife and three children split the year living in California and Sweden.
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SUMMARY OF MARK's PRESENTATION : AS VC RETREATS 4 NEW, NIMBLE MODELS STEP IN
Venture capital is slowly shrinking, while the four new forms of funding – Corporate VC, Competitions, Conscious Capital, and Crowdfunding – are set to pass $20 billion in aggregate, and are growing, fast. In fact, it seems inevitable that they will surpass VC in the coming year or soon thereafter. >> READ ARTICLE
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