Mastering the work of the Startup World.

After meeting Mark Bowles at Work in Progress in downtown Las Vegas we knew that we needed to feature him on the show. His leadership and drive for excellence in innovation make him an inspiration to anyone in the business realm. Not only is Mark a board member at Edico Genome, he is also a mentor at the TechStars/Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator program. Working with the next generation of entrepreneurs to build better machines and businesses is what ignites Mark’s passion and he is more than qualified for the role.

Mark has more than 25 years in the semiconductor, wireless, and kiosk industries. He has been involved in the formation and funding of 6 technology start-ups and has successfully raised 17 rounds of Venture Capital financing totaling nearly $250M raised and has been part of some very nice financial exits for these investors.

Prior to ecoATM, Mark was with Vativ (sold to Entropic) as VP Mktg & Bus. Dev. Mr. Bowles co-founded Staccato in 2002 and was VP Mktg & Bus. Dev. Prior to Staccato he was co-founder, President, COO and director of BOPS, Inc (sold to Altera), a broadband DSP cores and tools company. Prior to BOPS, he was instrumental in forming and funding a number of successful start-ups including Power Computing (sold to Apple in 1996); Panorama Designs (sold to Motorola in 1996); and BlueSteel Networks (sold to Broadcom in 2000). Mr. Bowles also spent six years at Motorola Semiconductor where he held various distribution management, sales and market development positions; he left in 1996 as vice president MSPI, and PowerPC market development. He has 7 patents granted in kiosk technology, 22 pending in kiosk technology, and 1 pending in wireless authentication.

Mark has been an invited speaker and guest lecturer on entrepreneurism and innovation at Duke, Stanford, UCSD, USD, Pepperdine, Wharton and Harvard. Mark is a board member of Pepperdine’s business school and USD’s Center for Peace and Commerce.

Mark holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M, and a Master of Science in Technology Management (eMBA) from Pepperdine University.



Value Stream Mapping, an Interview With Author Karen Martin

by Brian M. Collyer on February 15, 2014

Karen_MartinAn interview with Karen Martin talking about her new book Value Stream Mapping.

How to Visualize Workflow and Align People for Organizational Transformation

In this episode, Karen discusses how too many organizations remain unfamiliar with value stream mapping as a methodology. As a foundation for Lean business management, value stream mapping is used as a means to build outstanding organizations.

Value Stream Mapping
Value Stream Mapping

In this work Karen offers real solutions for organizations such as: information intensive office, service and knowledge work environments, communication, construction, education, energy entertainment, financial services, government, healthcare, hospitality, law enforcement and the military to name a few.



Bill Sisson, President and CEO of the Mobile Chamber of Commerce,

joins us in this episode of Today’s Lean Manufacturing. He discusses the continued growth and the great business opportunities available to the Mobile area such as Austal, as well as the arrival of Airbus.

Bill has served in such distinguished roles as: Executive Director Mobile Airport Authority | Vice President of Economic Development at Bill Sissonthe Mobile Chamber of Commerce | Executive Director of the Center for Community and Economic Development, University of Southern Mississippi | Vice President of Business Development at the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce.

With his extensive background in economic development and his leadership in heading up the Airport Authority including Brookley Field, Bill describes how Mobile and Baldwin counties are uniquely positioned to garner continued business growth both now and in the future.

With a continued focus on industrial development to advance manufacturing in a high tech way, Bill pointed out many areas in which Mobile is able to compete economically on a national level.

He described how the Mobile business climate is very diversified, with eight out of the top ten companies being internationally based.  “We have always looked outward to advance our economy. This puts us in a very competitive position.”

“To our advantage we have:

  • Two interstates that intersect near downtown Mobile.
  • A deep-water port with a container terminal, the second largest on the gulf coast between Houston and Tampa.
  • Five class one railroad systems hubbing at our Port Authority, touching virtually every corner of the country. Very few cities can boast that.”

Bill went on to explain how all of this is right next to the Brookley Field, a World War II Air Force Base with a 9600-foot runway.

“You can see how we can be competitive and why AirBus for example, was so keenly interested in the site at the Brookley Aeroplex”.airbus_assembly_logo

Bill shared how Austal, one of Mobile’s star companies has been instrumental in bringing high tech, good paying jobs to the area and our newest addition, Airbus, will be assembling large aircraft, which in turn will bring a host of ancillary developments such as: engineering firms, avionic firms and other support services to the area.

He concluded by citing independent third party sources that recognize the Mobile area as uniquely poised for continued economic growth.



TLM 022 Innovation Engineering with David Mixson

September 28, 2013

Innovation Engineering Deficit?   Are you plagued with IADD? As I spoke with my guest, David Mixson, he just coined the phrase Innovation Attention Deficit Disorder!  Join me on this episode,  to see if you and your business have fallen prey. David with his experience in the field of economic development works with companies around […]

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5s And The Visual Workplace

February 27, 2013

This is an excellent short video interview describing the vast benefits of 5s and the Visual Workplace. 5s and  Visual Management can be a great selling tool. Touring a neat, clean, and orderly environment gives a high level of comfort that the people within that organization know what is going on even if the persons […]

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Creating A Lean Manufacturing Environment with Employee Engagement

February 10, 2013

In this Lean Manufacturing Podcast episode I discuss with Karen Martin the critical importance of employee engagement.   Before we can move on to things like six sigma,  pull using kanban signals or even a well established 5s program we must create an environment that engages the hearts and minds of our employees. “Engagement, in my […]

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TLM 021 Master Plan for 5S Implmentation – Interview with Mark Thompson

February 1, 2013

Join Mark Thompson with ATN and I as we discuss the importance of developing and deploying a plant wide implementation plan for 5S and linking that plan to the company’s strategic objectives. We discuss the need for starting with a clear and easily understood master plan publishing it and communicating it to all team members, […]

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The Roll FOCUS Plays In The Outstanding Organization interview with author Karen Martin

January 6, 2013

Focus is a necessary condition of outstanding performance. This seems to be common sense, but unfortunately dosen’t always make its way into practice in many organizations. A Booz & Company survey found that: Forty-nine percent of respondents said  their company  had no list of strategic priorities. Sixty-four percent of respondents said they had too many […]

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TLM 019 Clarity and the Outstanding Organization

November 6, 2012

Karen Martin author of: The Outstanding Organization: Generate Business Results by Eliminating Chaos and Building the Foundation for Everyday Excellence The Kaizen Event Planner: Achieving Rapid Improvement in Office, Service, and Technical Environments And her newest book: Metrics-Based Process Mapping: Identifying and Eliminating Waste in Office and Service Processes Karen shows us how Continuous Improvement isn’t haphazard […]

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TLM 018 – ISO Audit Stage 2

October 15, 2012

 ISO 9001-2008 Stage II Audit preparation: Part 2 In this podcast we discuss with Mark Thompson of ATN the steps necessary in getting your company ready for a Stage II ISO audit. What to expect from an outside auditor. Is your Quality System effective? The benefits of ISO certification for your company. And much more…

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