When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.  LAO TZU

Nice to Meet You

Hi.  Marc Pickren Here

I grew up in Utah to a family that was in the Cattle business, and a mother who was an Actress in Hollywood so I like to think of myself as pragmatic and grounded while also being enthusiastic and possessing the ability to think abstractly at a high level.  I now live with my fantastic family in Austin, Texas.
My values are:
  • No Entitlement 
  • Fail Forward
Things I am working on:
  • Being Polite 
  • Mindfullness
  • Be the Peacemaker

Grateful for 25 Years Working with the Very Best Human Beings 

The Work 

Thoughts, Media and Experience 


For my one year anniversary at OutboundEngine the team gave me a Bobble Head.  I think its the greatest workplace gift I have ever received.  When I look at it, it reminds me to take some deep breathes and not take everything too serious. 

Salt Lake City Archives 

The original Midvale Packing Company.  Entrepreneurship runs in blood as does  appreciation for those folks who wake every morning with a pit in their stomach as to how they are going to make it.  And, go forward anyways. 

Marc Pickren

The Dogs 2018.  From the left.  Big Sugar, Kitsy and Buster

Words to Live By 

“If you cannot understand why someone did something, look at the consequences—and infer the motivation.”

― Carl Jung

While at Mr. Cooper, the team put together a product that I was especially proud of - The Worry Free Mortgage.  If a borrower lost their job for no fault of their own within 2 years of a refinance.  We would pay their mortgage up to $2200 dollars for 6 months.  As opposed to some pretty lousy products in this space.  This one really covered the insured and also covered the self employed.   


There is a way to shop with focus and strategy and a clearer eye on what really matters. Here are three ways SMBs can sidestep the threat of product disillusionment and reclaim technology solutions as the gift they were promised to be.

Mr Cooper 

One of products our team built was the Mr. Cooper Mastercard.  What made it special to me was that you could use your rewards to pay down your mortgage instead of bad nights at hotels or saving a few bucks on something that you don't need.  

Family with Views over Lake Travis 2020

Investors and Financial Sponsors 

Very grateful to have worked with and received support from some great minds and superior people 

Impacted My Life for The Better

A Prayer for Owen Meaney

“If you care about something you have to protect it – If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”
― John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

Ted Talks 

TED Conferences LLC (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an American media organization that posts talks online for free distribution under the slogan "ideas worth spreading".

James Michener 

It all started in 1997.  I started buying James Michener books. First Poland and then the entire catalog.  Many five or six times.  Keeps me grounded on our limited time on earth. 

Dalai Lama

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”

― The Dalai Lama