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About VentureKit

VentureKit publishes free guides to help entrepreneurs get things done.

As a founder, I’ve felt how hard it is to find quality, actionable startup advice.¬† What’s available today is often too abstract – “bumper sticker wisdom” – or too focused on motivation.

I want to provide free, actionable advice from domain experts on how to execute in startups. It’s a hard goal but I think it’s an important one.

About Me

My name is Mark Goldenson and I am a four-time founder living in Silicon Valley. I lead a product team at Google and invest in startups individually and through Village Global, a $100 million seed fund backed by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and other great founders.

I most recently founded Breakthrough, an online therapy service that signed over 30 health insurers and covered 10 million people before being acquired. I also co-founded:

  • PlayCafe, an online game show network

  • Woosh, a builder of small business websites acquired by HP

  • Stanford Bazaar, a campus marketplace acquired by Stanford

  • The Stanford Squash team, now coached by former world champion Mark Talbott¬†

I worked as a product manager at PayPal, researched lucid dreaming in the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab, and finished coursework for a bachelor’s in human biology from Stanford (and dropped out twice for startups :)).

You can reach me at [email protected].

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