Founder & Chief Financial Officer
CFO, founding Director at Acorda Therapeutics
Mark is a seasoned finance executive and serial entrepreneur with a track record in the formation and development of early stage technology companies in the Internet and life science sectors. He has experience in strategy development, venture and growth capital fundraising, forecasting, valuation, M&A and IPOs. He is currently Chief Financial Officer of Tremor Media, a venture funded video and rich media Internet advertising and technology company. Prior to this he was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Privacy Officer of Tacoda, an Internet advertising network and technology company that was purchased by AOL in September, 2007. In the transition to AOL, he served as Senior Vice President, Business Planning at AOL. Before Tacoda, he was Chief Financial Officer and Director of Acorda Therapeutics, a biotechnology company developing therapeutics for central nervous system disorders that went public in 2006.
Earlier, Mr. Pinney was Chairman of CanDo, an Internet company offering product and service solutions to people with disabilities. In 1998, he co-founded and was CEO of LifeWire, a company developing community-based destination web sites for the disability population. LifeWire merged with CanDo in 2000. In 1995, Mr. Pinney co-founded Real Media, an Internet advertising software and services firm that merged to form 24/7 Real Media in 2001. He also participated in the start-ups of Acorda Therapeutics, Ceregene and Embol-X. Previously, he was Vice President, Private Transactions at Dillon Read & Co. (1988-1992) and Vice President, Corporate Finance for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets (1984-1988). Mr. Pinney received his undergraduate degree in engineering at the University of Exeter, England, his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and his masters degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University; he is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has served as a Trustee to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the United Spinal Association. He lives in New York City with his wife and three daughters.