12. Marc Brakken
What We Like: Brakken calls himself a dreamer and a schemer, and we can see why. After working with Preston Austin of Murfie on projects with the local time banking organization Time for the World, Brakken joined forces with Austin and Matt Younkle, Murfie’s other half, to start Horizon Coworking. This summer, Brakken took on a large role in organizing Forward Technology Festival. He looks at Madison’s entrepreneurial scene through a community development lens.
Bragging Rights: With Brakken’s help, the 2013 iteration of Forward Tech Fest was the biggest in its three-year history, with more than twenty events ranging from panel discussions on bootstraping a company to happy hours connecting investors and ’treps. Three cheers!