Mark Hasebroock, a 1982 graduate of the College of Business Administration, was named the 2012 CBA Master. While on campus for Alumni Master’s Week, November 8-9, he spoke to entrepreneurship classes, student organizations and faculty, and shared his insight on starting and growing companies.
As founder and owner of Dundee Venture Capital, he and his associates invests in growth companies with an ecommerce and web services focus. They believe in mentoring and providing support to budding entrepreneurs, and have worked with companies from Boulder, Colo., to Omaha, Neb., and Austin, Texas to Chicago, Ill.
“We look for people who have started a business before, whether they succeeded or failed, as we know they learned from it. We want people who are passionate about the business, who would run through walls, because nothing is going to stop them,” Hasebroock said.
Mark Hasebroock at CBA
Though he began his after-college career as a commercial banker, one of his first business adventures happened in college. He and a friend decided to sell footwear to sororities in order to earn money to go to Padre Island for spring break.
“We sold many pairs of moccasins in blue, green and purple and had a great spring break. When we returned to Lincoln, there was a line of women waiting for us … their feet had turned blue, green and purple from the shoes. We had to replace them or give their money back, and we had already spent our earnings. It was a valuable lesson on knowing your supplier,” Hasebroock said.
This lesson stayed with him as he founded several start-up companies, including giftcertificates.com
. He and his wife, Jane, have eight children.