Mark Sears is the CEO and founder of cloud factory. After doing tech startups in Canada and the US for about 10 years, Mark has spent the last 4 years living in Nepal and using his unique blend of technology and business experience to develop CloudFactory towards creating work for 1 million people. He started his career as a software developer with Sun Microsystems before finding his groove in the world of startups. Moving into technology evangelism and product management roles he helped a 5 person startup grow to 130 employees across 4 international offices after raising $48 million in venture capital. Mark then raised angel investment, launched and managed his own startup company for 6 years before coming to Nepal and starting the CloudFactory adventure.
On this episode you’ll learn:
What lessons did Mark learn and what will he do differently when approaching his Series B round?
How should businesses approach navigate the “on-demand economy” amongst the trend of crowdsourcing, outsourcing and the mass proliferation of freelancers?
How will the forces of AI and globalization impact businesses and workers?
How has Kathmandu’s startup scene developed over the years since Mark founded CloudFactory?