Mark Poag '93

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Fitz Gate Ventures

Mark is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fitz Gate Ventures which is a network-driven venture capital firm with a focus on the Princeton University ecosystem. The firm brings a unique strategic advantage to its portfolio companies by leveraging its proprietary “Friends of Fitz” network, comprised of hundreds of Princeton alumni, faculty, administrators, and trustees who are venture capitalists, startup founders, educators, and senior executives. Fitz Gate’s portfolio companies have been profiled in the New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and other media outlets. Fitz Gate invests alongside other world class VC firms but is also willing to lead and/or invest alone. Fitz Gate currently manages two funds and has approximately $25mm under management.

Mark brings to Fitz Gate Ventures 20+ years of experience as an experienced entrepreneur and executive with a proven track record of successfully growing companies from the ground up to mature industry leadership. Prior to Fitz Gate Mark was the head of Product, Marketing, Legal and Alliances and Board Secretary at Datacert, Inc., an enterprise software company (sold 2014) and Founder and CEO of Digicontract, Inc., a SaaS company (sold 2001).

Mark received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1993 and a JD and MBA with honors from Tulane University in 1997. Mark teaches a class on venture capital at Rice University to undergrads and MBA students and also leads a seminar series on venture capital at Princeton University's Graduate School. He is currently President of the Princeton Alumni Association of Houston and Co-Chair of the Alumni Schools Committee of Houston and volunteers as a member of the Keller Center’s eLab Advisory Committee and as a mentor to the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. Mark previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council of Princeton University.