“If you are thinking of becoming an entrepreneur or are ready to hit the next level, you can do it. I had no pedigree when I started. No Ivy League degree or work experience. No family money or powerful network. I had drive, belief in myself, and a commitment to winning. And although I picked up some bruises along the way, it has been an amazing ride, and it’s one that I want for you.”
Mac Lackey is an American entrepreneur who has started, scaled and sold six companies (all seven or eight figure exits). Mac and his companies have been featured on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Business North Carolina, USA Today and The New York Times.
Notable ventures include: KYCK (acquired by NBC Sports), Mountain Khakis (acquired by Remington) and InternetSoccer Network (acquired by division of News Corp/Sky). He additionally served as a member of the Board of Directors for Lending Tree (NASDAQ: TREE) for over five years and is currently an angel investor in over 50 companies.
Mac was a collegiate All-American and played professional soccer before starting his first Internet company in 1995.
Started InTouch Interactive
Sold 1998 (Razorfish/Publicis)
Sold 2000 (Sky/News Corp)
Started Ettain Group
Sold 2003 (Partners/Private Equity)
Started Mountain Khakis
Sold 2010 (Remington)
Sold 2016 (NBC Sports)
Started ISL Futbol
Sold 2018 (Prophet Capital + Partners)
Note from Mac:
“More importantly than some of my work experiences noted above, I am a devoted husband and proud father of two amazing girls. The biggest thing that being an entrepreneur has done for me is give me true life. I have traveled the world (15+ countries over the past few years), lived abroad, met my idols, had 50 yard line season tickets to my favorite team (FC Barcelona), and never missed a Donuts with Dad or a chance to carve a pumpkin with my kids.”
Sports Tech Company focusing on innovations in Soccer, Acquired by NBC Sports.
Mountain Khakis, Founder
Global Outdoor Retail Brand. Acquired by Remington.
Global Soccer Platform. Acquired by BSkyB/NewsCorp.
Talent Solutions. Recruitment & Managed Services. Acquired by Partners & later NewMainstream Capital.
InTouch Interactive, Founder/CEO
Internet Company. Acquired by Publicis/Razorfish.
VentureSouth, Venture Partner
VentureSouth operates angel investment groups and funds.
LendingTree, Board of Directors
FinTech, America’s largest online lending marketplace.
ISL Agency, Founder/Chairman
Acquired by Partners and Prophet Capital.