I’ve written a couple of novels. They leaped to the pages from people and situations I’ve encountered around the world, include high tech twists, and the dreams and dreads of being an entrepreneur. Sort of the agony and ecstasy of wonderful and tragic people I’ve known, circumstances worthy of exploration, and hair-raising future possibilities.
Anyway, here is my present line up.
Second in the Series. A quick preview.
Maxine Gold and Lionel Lane, lovers and Co-CEO’s, are social entrepreneurs flush with new cash. Young and ambitious, they finally have the right and the might to catapult their energy drink company, Double Vision, and disrupt the industry. But the titans of business and politics have other ideas.
Lionel partners with Chinese princeling Li Ning to launch an expansion in China . . . but their venture encounters brutal hardships and heartache among the remote cliffs of Tibet.
Their billionaire mentor’s Gulfstream goes up in flames, an obsessed Russian hacker cripples their product distribution via cyber attacks, and Maxine is forced to face a hostile Senate inquiry in Washington, D.C.
Skier Reddi Christiansen, the face of the company, is in emotional free-fall, as her final days to qualify for the Norway Winter Olympics tick away. . . while her boyfriend, ex SEAL and cyber-sleuth Trig Garcia, is stuck in a deadly special ops deployment near the Hindu Kush mountains.
Maxine discovers the only way to save their future is to face her painful past . . . a high school tragedy along the Potomac River, where the Secret Service ripped her ideals–and love–from her heart.
The BIG Disrupter
First in the Series. How it began.
An anonymous donor creates a prize for one billion dollars to inspire social entrepreneurs to promote world change. Lionel Lane, an idealistic entrepreneur, partners with his brilliant ex-girlfriend Maxine Gold to compete for the Big Disrupter Award and turn around their struggling company, Double Vision.
With the help of a venture capitalist and an eccentric financier, Double Vision expands into energy drinks using the pure water from the mountains of Telluride, Colorado. Talented 21-year-old extreme skier, Reddi Christiansen, becomes the face of their quest for the youth market.
One by one the leading competitors in the Big Disrupter fall victim to unexplained tragedies. The police are mystified. The prize for social good becomes a deathtrap, but too rich to resist. Desperate for protection, Lionel, Maxine and Reddi enlist a former Navy SEAL cyber guru. The faster they race towards the approaching award deadline, the more the escalating dangers threaten to spin them off a cliff.
A review from Ross Goldstein, an accomplished author and business-culture guru.
“You’ll hit the ground running, just like Lionel Lane, in this fast-paced, exciting read. The Big Disrupter takes you behind the scenes of cutthroat competition for capital and market success in the ruthless world of high stakes business. Markun writes with the confidence of someone who has been there and seen it all, because he has. So will you by the time you get to the surprise ending of The Big Disrupter.”
Ross Goldstein, Ph.D., author of Chain Reaction
I grew up an entrepreneur and dreamer, starting with my first paper route at age nine in the Canal Zone of Panama. Then came Washington, D.C. and adventures at the Sidwell Friends School, followed by the University of Chicago. That’s where I met my wife Rachel, when I was 18 and she even younger.
My mother wrote a dozen children’s books and was a speech writer, but my parents’ stories of the Depression scared me so much I decided to be an entrepreneur, make some money, and then pursue writing. Living in Telluride, Colorado, I started four companies with a best friend before I was 24, including Fly By Night Builders, The Illusions Company, High Country Trekkers–you get the idea; great names, cool ideas, not much income.
I moved to Silicon Valley and got an MBA (SFSU) and more tech experience. My mentor Mel Pirtle took me on a seminal visit to PARC in the early days. I met Bob Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet, and realized the people unleashing their creativity had the answer. And for me, that was writing.
But first I had to make some money. I started SoftIRON Systems and Fullspeed Networks. Both grew and prospered and I sold them to Fortune 300 companies. I then led marketing for software companies Netcordia and Sitecore. The former IPO’d and the latter was acquired by a hedge fund. That all took a lot longer than I’d planned. After thirty years in Silicon Valley and raising three loving children, it was finally time to write.
License is my second novel. The Big Disrupter is the first in the series.
The Big Disrupter and License are on sale on Amazon.