About Us

Founder Background

Mark Benning is the Founder and CEO of Founderly.co. He is an experienced entrepreneur who founded and led four investor-backed, technology startups in Silicon Valley, California over a 20-year period. In addition to managing strategy, business development, sales, and finance, Mark raised over $100 million in angel and venture funding for his startups and others he advised.

Over the years, he has worked for various private equity and venture capital firms, to learn what startup life was like "from the other side of the table." Mark is also a CTI-trained, Co-Active Leadership executive coach, a Valhalla Angels investor, an A100 group entrepreneur member, and a VMS startup mentor.

Mark has a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University, where he focused on leadership and entrepreneurship. Between his time at Harvard and Stanford, he played professional ice hockey in Europe and traveled extensively throughout the world.

Mark now enjoys sharing his knowledge, experience, and network with other technology entrepreneurs to help grow their startup companies into profitable and successful businesses.

Client Testimonials

"I have worked with Mark at several startups over the past 20 years.  In addition to his strong intellect, he has vast experience in building and scaling startups. From product development, sales & marketing, capital strategy, fundraising, and building strong management teams, Mark has done it all. His large network of VC's, angel investors, and top service providers is invaluable to any startup. He is a top fundraising and startup business coach."

-- Henry "Monty" Montgomery IV, CEO and Founder of Startup Financial Management

“Mark has been instrumental in guiding us through his executive mentoring and business coaching. He has been a positive influence on the members of our startup group and has given us insight and direction we value and thank him for. He’s great with relationships involving communication between future business development partners. Mark is well educated, well spoken, and well respected by our group.” 

-- William Lee, President of Solar Motion Corp.