Mark Tomko was born in Ohio, USA and moved to Nairobi, Kenya when he was nine years old; returning to the US in 1975 after living a year in both Germany and Turkey.
Mark Tomko left Stanford University in 1977 to join Ben Cooper forming Micromation Inc., who was the first company to market a floppy disk peripheral for the S-100 and the first to manufacture a multi-user (5) microcomputer solution exploiting a ‘bug’ in CP/M which ultimately became MP/M.
He joined Structured Systems Group, one of the early applications software companies, as VP of Marketing. SSG pioneered help screens, marketed the first spell checker and signed the industry’s first software OEM agreements with Sony, Xerox, Sharp and Compaq, among others.
While on a two year sailing adventure in 1986 he returned to Istanbul (where he had lived in 1973-4) and recognized that Turkey was ready for its own computer start up. Starting as Silicon Valley Computers this venture successfully produced, in Turkey, the first Turkish manufactured computer which incorporated mouse driven GUI (before Microsoft had released Windows) Turkish keyboard and a full set of Turkish productivity software.
ITA was formed by Mark Tomko in 1992 after returning to Silicon Valley from Turkey. ITA provided turn-key infrastructure for companies entering the US market. ITA also developed and brought other products to market, including the first retail ‘touch’ mouse, Touche, which was based on technology from Synaptics.
ITA introduced the Nokia brand in the US while managing their operations in what Forbes Magazine labeled; the first example of a “Virtual Corporation”. ITA’s operations were acquired by Nokia in 1997.
Mark consulted for several VC firms as well as the Ngäbe-Buglé Tribe in Panama on an economic development program. He spent time working with Walter Cronkite developing “The Cronkite Channel’.
Mark Tomko reformed ITA in Turkey in 2011 as a platform to entrepreneurs developing local Technology in Turkey and as a bridge to western investors and companies entering the Turkish market.