Marc Eck? is an entrepreneur, fashion/media mogul, venture capitalist and education reformer. He is the CEO and a founder of ARTISTS & INSTIGATORS. Marc is also the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Marc Eck? Enterprises, a billion-dollar global fashion and lifestyle company and is a Partner of Artists & Instigators seed and early stage venture capital fund.
Marcs entrepreneurial journey began in the mid-80s while he was still a high school student working from a makeshift design studio located in the garage of his parents New Jersey home. After following a brief pursuit of a traditional career at Rutgers College of Pharmacy, he soon returned to his true passion. In 1993, at the age of 20, armed only with an airbrush and his custom graphic designs, he founded *Eck? Unltd. Today the company has grown to over $1.5 Billion in revenues and includes: *Eck? Unltd, the leading global young mens brand; Eck?red, its female counterpart; Marc Eck? Cut & Sew, a contemporary menswear line; Zoo York, the first and largest east coast action sport lifestyle brand; Complex Media Holdings, inclusive of Complex Magazine (circulation of 340,000) and Ecko|Code; a social gaming company. Ecko|Code game releases include Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure in conjunction with Atari in 2005 and Dexter the Game based on the hit Showtime series (available on the iPhone and iPod Touch) in 2009.
In recognition of his achievements, Marc was honored with a 2006 MTV Video Music Award for Best Videogame Soundtrack, and has been included on lists such as Details magazines Most Powerful Men under 38, Stuff Magazines Style Icons list, and New York Magazines list of the Citys Influential. Marc received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Rutgers University in 2009.
Marc dedicates himself to a number of socially conscious initiatives, including significant work with youth both domestically and internationally, as well as serving a dedicated role in reversing the plight of the worlds rhino shrinking population. He has assisted in the founding of 3 charities: Tikva Childrens Home, Sweat Equity Education and Stoked Mentoring.
Marc Eck?s life experiences and philanthropy efforts have led him to become a dynamic public speaker at fashion, art and education reform events across the world. Some include: SXSW 2011, the 2009 DLD World Conference in Germany, Harvard University 2009, 2009 Rutgers University Commencement, 2010 Business Forward Conference, 2010 Business Evangelism Conference in Singapore, 2010 Moderated Education Innovation Panel at the Summit Series Conference in Washington D.C. and 2010 World Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
Marc serves on the board of The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), BPL (Big Picture Learning), SEE (Sweat Equity Education), Everloop and Tikva Childrens Home.