Marcus Whitney believes in the power of small groups to solve big problems. That’s why, as a technology pioneer and start-up mentor for business in Nashville and beyond, he uses his rare combination of focused vision, energy and magnetism to be an effective thought leader in his fast-moving areas of expertise.
Marcus, a Brooklyn native, is at the center of the social / mobile revolution as co-founder and CTO of Moontoast. Moontoast’s Social Activation Engine maximizes social advertising ROI for brands (primarily auto, consumer tech and CPG) through interactive, transactional rich media units within the News Feed of today’s leading social networks, like Facebook. As co-founder and CTO of Moontoast, Marcus drives product vision and helps customers design and execute campaign strategies that deliver results leveraging the power of the platform. In addition, he’s helped Moontoast expand operations to Boston, also a thriving technology startup community, while maintaining a strong presence in Nashville’s startup ecosystem.
A co-founder of Jumpstart Foundry and former partner at Emma, Inc., Marcus has demonstrated his commitment to positively shaping the universal digital landscape and—closer to home—growing a vibrant and fertile technology business environment to match Nashville’s world-famous music and healthcare industries.
He’s a Managing Director at the aforementioned Jumpstart Foundry, a seed-stage mentor-driven microfund that selects and matches entrepreneurs to established advisers in their respective fields. Marcus is also a co-founder of BarCamp Nashville and PodCamp Nashville, popular “un-conferences” that bring together professionals focused on the future of digital enterprise. He serves as an board member of the Entrepreneur Center, which provides resources for aspiring entrepreneurs, and The Belcourt, which exists to engage, enrich and educate our community through innovative film programming in our historic Nashville theatre.