• Drawing on my experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and improv comedian I help entrepreneurs, leaders, teams, and companies create and grow companies make a positive impact on the world.

     

    I am the author of "Straight From the Investor's Mouth: 111 Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs" (because 100 wasn't enough), the creator of the Improv4 methodology, a framework that applies improv comedy, behavioral psychology, and business frameworks to improve leadership, team effectiveness, and communication, and the founder of Iorio Gelato, a gelato producer and retail cafes I started in 2004. I am a founding board member of a philanthropic fund that helps entrepreneurs make contributions to good causes they care about and spearheaded The Collective 30, a philanthropic giving commitment where individuals commit to donating 1% of their wealth, annually, for 30 years. To share the stories of and celebrate entrepreneurs, leaders, and investors in a fun and entertaining way I co-produce and host Startup Late Night, a late-night talk show where I welcome entrepreneurs, investors, nonprofits, and other guests to an evening of comedy, music, conversation, and competitions.

     

    I have helped hundreds of companies, including SoFi, Plenty, Ozlo (Acquired by Facebook), True Link Financial (YC S13) and Fixed (YC S14, Acquired by Lawgix), and other ventures on leadership, communication, growth, marketing, strategy and business development, fundraising, and culture and team development.


    Before I got a concussion (a longer story for another day, or another bio) I was a Director at SoFi, a multibillion-dollar online lender, where I led a marketing team, built out the business development team, and ran SoFi’s entrepreneur program and investments in startups. Prior to SoFi, I worked at RPM Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm, concentrating on investments in online marketplaces, e-commerce, and other internet/software companies. With R/GA Ventures, I worked with the global digital ad agency R/GA in partnership with Westfield Labs, Macy's, Walmart, Verizon, Bank of America, Shopify, among others to invest in startups driving the future of commerce.


    I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's in Business Administration, Minor in Environmental Science, and Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the College of Engineering. I also studied improv and comedy writing with some of the most talented people (and probably some future SNL cast members) at The Second City and The Annoyance in Chicago, The Upright Citizen's Brigade and People's Improv Theatre in NYC, EndGames Improv and Bay Area Theatre Sports in San Francisco, and other workshops with Groundlings, Vancouver Improv Festival, among others. I have performed improv and comedy all over the country, including at Gilda Radner’s Laughfest, The Punch Line in San Francisco, and the Lady Laughs Comedy Festival.

     

    When I am not improvising, telling jokes, selling gelato, or helping other business leaders and teams, I am illustrating food puns and sharing them on Instagram @ProducePuns.

  • CURRENT VENTURES

    a methodology that combines improv comedy, behavioral psychology, and business frameworks, to improve leadership, team effectiveness, and communication

     

    Learn more about our methodology, trainings, and contact me for more information

     

    Artisan Italian gelato

    delivering sweetness through an authentic Italian gelato experience

     

    We make and sell artisan Italian gelato to restaurants, food service providers, grocery stores and in our cafes in Michigan.

     

    a late-night comedy show featuring startups

    a late-night comedy talk show hosted by yours truly.

    Join us as we welcome special entrepreneur and investor guests to an evening of comedy, music, conversation, and competitions.
     

    Check out our next LIVE show dates

    A philanthropic giving circle in which each member commits to donating 1% of their wealth annually for the next 30 years.

    Available for Kindle & paperback online

    Available on Amazon

     

    111 pieces of real advice for entrepreneurs from real investors.

     

    Click here to learn more and purchase via Amazon

    Produce Puns

    Greeting cards & gifts to deliver delicious joy for any occasion

     

    Available at www.ProducePuns.com

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  • TED TALK

    and other speaking, performances

    Other Speaking, Performances, Presentations

    The University of Michigan Positive Business Conference 2019

    Agile 2019

    Agile 2018

    The University of Michigan Guest Lecture "The Art of Leading" 2018

    * Entre-SLAM 2012 *

    * The University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship Guest Lecture Applying Improv to Entrepreneurship 2011 *

    * "Dr. Zinglove" 2008 *

     

    For more short clips, check out the videos on Improve and YouTube

    For longer versions (30 minutes+) please email me

    Taste of Entrepreneurial Success Feature by ZLI
  • GET IN TOUCH

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    Email

    mary@improv4.com