Speak Music was founded by serial entrepreneurs from Google, Zynga and Ericcson who bring those rich experiences to its strategy and product innovation. Speak Music is privately funded.
Co-Founder and CEO, Mark is a mobile and digital technology business veteran focused on delivering multimedia solutions to consumers and enterprises. Mark’s background includes leadership positions at Zynga where he was Head of Mobile Advertising, HipLogic as CEO, Ericsson as VP, Internet Mobility platforms and has been involved in multiple start-up exits both IPOs and M&A. Mark is a Graduate of Duke University and UCLA, Anderson Executive Business programs and holds a BA from SJSU.
President and CoFounder Dean Summers has been a Senior executive and Entrepreneur in consumer hardware, retail, Internet software and enterprise for the last 30 years. He is passionate about building products, software and service based companies that disrupt industry standards and business models. Dean founded Partstore.com, the venture-backed technology company that he grew from concept to $60m in revenue, then acquired by Best Buy in 2006. As an accomplished musician, Speak Music brings together Dean’s passions of technology and music.
Zak Mandhro is business leader and technologist with industry success spanning Fortune 500 corporations and startups. Prior to co-founding Speak Music, Zak was the head of Mobile Ads Partner Technology at Google where he led a new ads product from concept to launch – generating over $300MM in revenue. His past achievements include leading two startups to acquisition, serving as COO of a DFJ portfolio company and delivering technology consulting projects valued over $750M. Zak is a graduate of Stanford University (MS) and Purdue University (BS).