Mark Bakken - Managing Partner

The epitome of an entrepreneur, Mark has seen the peaks and valleys of starting, operating and assuming the risks of a new venture. He’s come up against payroll, had a few bad hires and even swept the floors early on. Collectively, Mark’s companies have done over $360 million in sales, raised more than $38 million in venture capital, and he has successfully bought and/or sold 8 companies.

Among Mark’s previous companies is Nordic Consulting, the industry leader in EHR consulting services to organizations using Epic. As CEO, Mark grew Nordic to a #1 ranking in KLAS, where it has been since 2012. Nordic now has over 700 consultants working across 44 states. In 2014, the company was recognized as the 46th fastest growing company in the U.S.

Prior to Nordic, Mark started and grew Goliath Networks to be #97 on the Inc. 500 fastest-growing companies list. He sold that company in 2002. He’s worked with Eric Schmidt on Novell’s Partner Advisory, and was also was asked by Bill Gates to serve on Microsoft’s first partner Advisory Council, which he did from 2001-2007.

A Badger at heart, Mark grew up in the Milwaukee area before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he holds a degree in computer science.

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Shobhan Thakkar, Esq. - Partner

With a background that includes working at a big 4 accounting firm, in the New York City office of a global law firm and as an attorney at Epic, Shobhan can hold his own on legal and accounting issues. But he also has extensive startup experience, leading a Madison tech company to a successful exit as general counsel, and being on the founding teams of several high-growth tech companies.

Originally from the Chicago area, Shobhan moved to Madison to work as the general counsel for Weather Central, which was sold to the Weather Channel in 2011. He then joined Epic Systems as an attorney before leaving to join as chief operating officer of a Madison health-tech company.

Shobhan got his law degree and a masters of accounting from The Ohio State University. He also has degrees in finance and economics from the University of Illinois. Recognized in 2014’s 40 under 40 in InBusiness magazine, Shobhan’s passion is in assisting entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and growing their companies.

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Taha Jangda - Partner

Taha started his journey at the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the world's largest medical center. During his time with TMC, he took part in the creation of the TMC Innovation Institute which is comprised of a healthcare and life science startup accelerator/incubator, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center for Device Innovation and JLABS, and AT&T Connected Health Foundry.

Haven seen firsthand how a lack of integration hinders patient care, Taha followed his entrepreneurial spirit and later joined Redox as the Director of Strategic Partnerships to help digital solutions get into the hands of care providers faster. Beyond tackling today’s most challenging healthcare issues and advising innovation communities across the country, Taha spends his free time reading books on leadership development and staying true to his Texas roots – BBQ and football.



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Provider Innovation Council

HealthX Ventures is pleased to partner with executive leadership at some of the premier healthcare organizations in the Midwest.  The Provider Innovation Council assists HealthX Ventures in company evaluation and provides valuable feedback and early test sites for HealthX Ventures' portfolio companies.

  • Bruce Quade - CFO at Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
  • Keith Livingston - CEO at About Health
  • Todd Richardson - Senior Vice President and CIO at Aspirus

Investment Advisory Council

HealthX Ventures is also advised by leading investors across the country

  • Dave Tamburri - General Partner at Health Enterprise Partners
  • Greg Robinson - Managing Director at 4490 Ventures
  • Jon Chait - Former chairman of the Board of Directors of Nordic Consulting Partners