Mark Suster

Mark Suster
Mark Suster is a Partner at Upfront Ventures. He joined the firm in 2007 after having previously worked with Upfront Ventures for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Before joining Upfront Mark was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com following its acquisition of Koral, where Mark was Founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, a European SaaS company that was acquired by SWORD Group. Earlier in his career, Mark spent nearly ten years working for Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S. Mark looks to invest in passionate entrepreneurs in early-stage technology businesses. His interests include Digital Content and Distribution, AdTech, Consumer Internet, and SaaS businesses and he has deep operating experience having started and sold his last two companies. Mark received a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Mark’s investments include: Adly, awe.sm, Burstly, DataSift, Epoxy, Gravity, Invoca, Maker Studios, Moonfrye, and MyTime. Invoca is Mark’s first investment as a partner at Upfront. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Mark Suster

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More