Marcus Whitney wants to make the world a better place by developing “the unlikely entrepreneurs.”
Marcus Whitney is an entrepreneur, investor, writer and public speaker. In 2015 he founded The Unlikely Company with the sole mission of using entrepreneurship to help solve income inequality by providing tools, programming and funding to “unlikely” entrepreneurs all over the world. He is also the Co-Founder and President of Jumpstart Foundry, the leading accelerator in the Southeast. He co-founded Moontoast, Southern/Alpha and Clariture Health and serves on the board of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, but he planted his roots and has thrived in Nashville, Tennessee.
Through Jumpstart Foundry, Marcus has helped raise over $25 million dollars to date for more than 37 companies. His first book, Create And Orchestrate, launched on Kickstarter in June 2015 and met its funding goal in less than twelve hours. It’s scheduled for a full national release in February, 2016.
Marcus set the tone for his platform with his 2014 TEDx talk in Nashville entitled “Nashville Hustle: To Change Your World, You Gotta Lie a Little.” His talks often center around counterintuitive truths that enable people to be empowered and control their destiny. Marcus’ personal journey from humble beginnings to entrepreneur, mentor and respected leader has given him a unique point of view that resonates with audiences of all types: If you want to achieve something, you can. It’s that simple.
Through The Unlikely Company, Jumpstart Foundry and his other roles, Marcus has left a tremendous impact on Nashville’s red-hot entrepreneur scene and the community at large. He continues to bring hope to those who want to control their destiny through entrepreneurship and make a positive impact in their communities.
Some of his accomplishments include: Founder and CEO, The Unlikely Company, Co-Founder and President, Jumpstart Foundry, Co Founder and former Chief BD Officer, Moontoast, Co-Founder and Board Member, Southern/Alpha, Co-Founder and Board Member, Clariture, Graduated of Leadership Nashville, Class of 2015, Member of Young American Leaders Program, Harvard Business School, Author, Create And Orchestrate.
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