Mark Tebbe
Mark Tebbe
Chairman, Techra Networks
Co-Founder, Answers Corporation
Founder, Chairman, Lante Corporation

 
Mark Tebbe is Founder and Chairman of Techra Networks, a Chicago-based business consulting firm which assists companies in better leveraging technology for their business needs. Tebbe is also a Founder and Vice-Chairman of Answers Corporation, founded in 1999, which owns and operates Answers.com, an advertising-supported, free website which since its launch in January 2005, has become one of the leading information portals on the Internet. Prior to creating Techra and Answers, Mr. Tebbe was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Lante Corporation which he grew from a two-person firm to an 850-employee NASDAQ-listed international corporation until it was acquired by SBI Group in September 2002. Tebbe remained an SBI Board member until it was acquired by Aquantive in August 2004.

Mr. Tebbe is active in many civic and professional organizations as well as actively serving on numerous charity and corporate boards. He also is a recognized authority on emerging technologies and his insights have appeared in leading national publications like Business Week, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. He was named to Crain’s Chicago Business’s prestigious “40 under 40” list and to Sm@rt Reseller’s “Smart 25” executives list as well as inducted to the Chicago Area Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame. In light of his service to the University of Illinois, the alma mater of his B.S. in Computer Science / Engineering degree, Tebbe was honored with the Chicago Illini of the Year Award and the Alumni Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering.

 

Mark Tebbe

Chairman, Techra Networks
Co-Founder, Answers Corporation
Founder, Chairman of Lante Corporation

Mark Tebbe is Founder and Chairman of Techra Networks, a Chicago-based business consulting firm which assists companies in better leveraging technology for their business needs. Tebbe is also a Founder and Vice-Chairman of Answers Corporation, founded in 1999, which owns and operates Answers.com, an advertising-supported, free website which since its launch in January 2005, has become one of the leading information portals on the Internet. Prior to creating Techra and Answers, Mr. Tebbe was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Lante Corporation which he grew from a two-person firm to an 850-employee NASDAQ-listed international corporation until it was acquired by SBI Group in September 2002. Tebbe remained an SBI Board member until it was acquired by Aquantive in August 2004.

Mr. Tebbe is active in many civic and professional organizations as well as actively serving on numerous charity and corporate boards. He also is a recognized authority on emerging technologies and his insights have appeared in leading national publications like Business Week, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. He was named to Crain’s Chicago Business’s prestigious “40 under 40” list and to Sm@rt Reseller’s “Smart 25” executives list as well as inducted to the Chicago Area Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame. In light of his service to the University of Illinois, the alma mater of his B.S. in Computer Science / Engineering degree, Tebbe was honored with the Chicago Illini of the Year Award and the Alumni Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering.

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QLante had its IPO in 2000, but how did you come to start it in 1984?

AI worked for Arthur Andersen &Co. after college, but I was told I couldn't get promoted working on microcomputers. Andersen said they only saw value in minicomputers and mainframes, so I quit because I saw the value of the microcomputer in business.

QAh, impetuous youth. You were young.

AI was 23. And I thought I would just do consulting for a while. One thing led to another, so I started hiring part-time people.

QWell, did you have -

A No. I quit and had nothing in terms of clients or anything.

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