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Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect is for investors interested in learning more about investing in startup and growth stage companies. Experienced investors share their experiences and advice with those who are considering an investment into startups and growth companies. It includes a podcast series of interviews with investors to inform others about the process of funding startups as well as a resource list and a discussion board.  

Topics include sourcing, analyzing, and researching companies. Other topics include valuations, terms Sheets, board of directors, board of advisors, due diligence, syndicates, venture capital, angels, angel networks, family offices, crowdfunding, exits, and more.

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Investor Connect is a program under the Texas Open Angel Network which is a 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the education around startup funding.

Disclaimer: Hall T. Martin is the Director of Investor Connect which is dedicated to the education of investors for early stage funding. All opinions expressed by Hall and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of Investor Connect. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.

Apr 30, 2021

In this episode, Hall welcomes John-Mark Collins, Co-Founder, Owner, and Operator of Electric Playhouse.

Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Electric Playhouse is an experiential platform company building easily replicable distributable content and operational facilities for families and adults to enjoy. Electric Playhouse has one open location in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and two more in the works in Dallas and Houston. Electric Playhouse produces creative worlds for immersive and interactive experiences including games, dining & special events for all ages.

John-Mark started his educational career in art and architecture (completing two years), before taking a break from college. His earned education consists of a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, and an MBA (managed to do all three of those in 6 years). However, his real education came in the form of 15 years in the hospitality industry before returning to his education. He managed restaurants and bars across the US, from Chicago to New Mexico. This experience, coupled with his education, has led him to where he is now - the owner and operator of Electric Playhouse.

Prior to launching Electric Playhouse, he started a B2B business in exhibit and experience design, Storylab Interactive, in 2016. Before that, he worked at Ideum doing exhibit design and software development, and at Sandia National Labs as a software engineer.

John-Mark is from Cleveland, Ohio originally and now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife and two young girls - Lola (7) and Mila (5).

John-Mark advises both investors and entrepreneurs, shares how he sees the immersive experiential industry evolving, and discusses some of the challenges startups face.

You can visit Electric Playhouse at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at  

John-Mark can be contacted via email at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at

Music courtesy of Bensound.