Mark Houston Smith
I am the VP of Content Marketing at Harper Collins Christian Publishing. This is my personal blog. My mission is to leverage technology for publishing success.
I write on publishing technology, xCommerce (mobile & web), platform, and social impact. On occasion, I write about stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these categories. Quite frankly, I’m still trying to find my unique niche. In the meantime, I use this blog as my experimental site to try out a lot of technologies including WordPress plugins, social media, affiliate programs, etc.
In addition to Thomas Nelson, I also participates in these initiatives.
- U3Advisers – This is my consulting company where I provide advice on the best usage for mobile money and mobile health in Humanitarian development/fundraising. In 2010-2011, I did a significant amount of work in Haiti. Formerly, I consulted through other companies, including Kinnovation and Univicity.
- MerchantPro - This is electronic voucher system developed by Transversal, a Haitian IT company that Mark advises. Current MerchantPro customers include Digicel, UNDP, CARE & CRS.
- Aslan’s Army – This is the non-profit I run that focuses on bible schools in India, Africa, and Mexico
- The New Lion – Is a book written mostly by my daughter, Malori Aslan Smith. You can download a copy of the eBook (PDF format) on this site.
- Van Angels - This is a educational website I setup to talk about the dangers of 15-passenger vans. My 17-year old daughter, Malori, was killed in a 15-passenger van.
- 15+ years of publishing (print, events, and online) reaching millions of IT professionals in 160 countries, 13 languages.
- 10+ years of business development including online publishing, fundraising, mobile commerce, eCommerce, humanitarian software and marketing platforms
- 10+ years of IT management and software development (tactical, strategic, commercial product development, internal application management, web development, mobile commerce platform development)
- Build on the islands of health and strength.
- Work only with the receptive and only on what’s trying to happen.
- Go big or go home. Focus, don’t do dribs and drabs.
- Giving is not a result – changed lives are.
- The fruit of my work grows up on other people’s trees.
- The entrepreneurial-style leader is where the leverage begins.
- Bet on a great leader with a big idea.
- The essential ingredient for success is a steady stream of innovation.
- “It’s your job to release and direct energy, not to supply it.”
- Structure follows strategy, and strategy begins with clear desired outcomes. To What End?
And I added an 11th value:
11. We serve people in what they need, not what advances our agenda; it builds trust, credibility, and motivation all at once.