Mark Suster

Mark joined Upfront Ventures in 2007 after having worked with GRP for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur.

Most recently Mark was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com (NASDAQ: CRM) following its acquisition of Koral,where Mark was Founder and CEO.

Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, the largest independent global content collaboration company focused on the engineering and construction sectors, which was acquired by SWORD Group (PARIS: SWP). Earlier in his career, Mark spent nearly ten years working for Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S.

Mark received a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a dual citizen of the US and the UK.

Mark founded Launchpad LA, a program designed to help mentor LA’s most promising first-time startup CEO’s.

Mark sits on the Boards of companies including Maker Studios, Invoca, DataSift, MyTime and ePoxy.

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  • Social Networking: The Present

    Social Networking: The Present

    Editor's note: This is the second of a three-part guest post by venture capitalist Mark Suster of GRP Partners on "Social Networking: The Past, Present, And Future." Read Part I first. Social Networking in Web 2.0: Plaxo & LinkedIn Next began the era of "spam-based" networks of which Plaxo (founded in 2002) was the king.  Co-founded by Sean Parker (yes, the same one who worked… Read More

  • Social Networking: The Past

    Social Networking: The Past

    Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part guest post by venture capitalist Mark Suster of GRP Partners on "Social Networking: The Past, Present, And Future." Online Social Networking 25 Years Ago: CompuServc, Prodigy & The Well Listening to young people talk about social networking as a new phenomenon is a bit like hearing people talk about a remake of a famous song from my youth as… Read More

  • Why Hulu Is The OPEC Of Online Video

    Why Hulu Is The OPEC Of Online Video

    Editor's note: Mark Suster is a venture capitalist based in Los Angeles at GRP Partners.  He blogs at BothSidesoftheTable. The formation of Hulu was defensive - designed to stop another YouTube or Napster from emerging and causing disruption to the TV industry.  The idea was that if you could put up a consumer site that was seen as the best place to consume content then people wouldn't go to… Read More

  • My Life As A CEO (And VC): Chief Psychologist

    My Life As A CEO (And VC): Chief Psychologist

    This is a guest post by Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. He started his first company in 1999 and was headquartered in London, leaving in 2005 and selling to a publicly traded French services company. He founded his second company in Palo Alto in 2005 and sold this company to Salesforce.com, becoming VP Product Management. He joined GRP Partners in 2007 as aRead More