StartEngine is a rapid accelerator focused on helping Los Angeles-based technology startups build a solid foundation for success in 90 days. Created by Howard Marks, co-founder of Activision, and Paul Kessler, one of the most prolific investors in Los Angeles, StartEngine will provide local startups with the essential resources and counsel they need to become successful, self-directed businesses. StartEngine offers a team of mentors who have proven themselves as successful entrepreneurs – not professional investors – ensuring that its startups are guided by the right people for the right reasons. Early-stage companies in the web, mobile and ecommerce space are encouraged to apply for the program which completes four cycles per year, culminating in Demo Days that are attended by the region’s top angel investors, VCs and influencers.
Meet our team:
Howard Marks is Co-Chair of Start Engine and CEO of Gamzee. Howard is an incredibly successful technology entrepreneur that has worked with a number of companies specializing in the video game, online gaming, social gaming and internet education industry. He is also working as the CEO of Gamzee, a company he founded in April 2011 with the stated goal of disrupting the gaming industry by making games that anyone can play anywhere, anytime, and on any device.
In 2005, Howard founded Acclaim Games. After its acquisition by Playdom, he became head of the Acclaim studio and Sr. VP, Strategic Planning at Disney Interactive Media Group.
Howard got his start in 1983 while a student at the University of Michigan. In 1991 as a co-founder, member of the board of directors and Executive Vice-President of Activision, Howard helped turn a brand that was largely viewed as dead weight into the leading powerhouse of the video game industry.
Paul Kessler is Co-Chair of Start Engine and is Principal and Founder of Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC. Mr. Kessler has extensive experience in all aspects of financing emerging growth public/private technology and bio technology companies. Mr. Kessler is recognized as a prolific investor, financier, venture capitalist and operator having completed over 500+ investments. Companies that he has directed investments in, founded, or provided early seed capital to include Allis Chalmers, Contango, Cheniere Energy, Derycz Scientific, The Los Angeles Film School, Genesis Biopharma, Miller Energy, and Rodman and Renshaw.