Mark Suster

 
  • What’s The Real Deal With AngelList?

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Mark Suster (@msuster), a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners. Read more about Suster at Bothsidesofthetable There's lots of discussion out there about a new and much-loved service called AngelList that connects entrepreneurs to angel investors. I was reluctant to write about AngelList because the debate on pros / cons is pretty nuanced. But with… Read More

  • Can You Really Build A Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

    Can You Really Build A Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

    Editor’s Note: 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 of Product Management. He joined GRPRead More

  • Improving Sales: The Excuse Department Is Closed

    Improving Sales: The Excuse Department Is Closed

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Mark Suster, a two-time entrepreneur who has gone to the Dark Side of venture capital at GRP Partners. Suster writes a blog at Bothsidesofthetable and can be found on Twitter at @msuster. Most technology startups seem to be funded by product people or business people. Specifically what is often not in the DNA of founders are sales skills. Nor do… Read More

  • Should You Really Be A Startup Entrepreneur?

    Should You Really Be A Startup Entrepreneur?

    Editor's Note: 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 of Product Management. He joined GRP PartnersRead More

  • How I Use Visualization To Drive Creativity

    How I Use Visualization To Drive Creativity

    This is a guest post by Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur turned VC.  He sold his second company to Salesforce.com, becoming VP of Product Management. He joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner focusing on early-stage technology companies. Read more about Suster on his blog at Bothsidesofthetable and on Twitter at @msuster. Read More

  • 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

  • Will China's 1999 Moment Bail-Out Some Valley VCs?

    Will China's 1999 Moment Bail-Out Some Valley VCs?

    Yes, China is taking over the world. Or at least the Internet. No, this is not like the WE'LL-ALL-BE-WORKING-FOR-JAPAN-oh-nevermind scare of the 1980s. Why? Because China has more than 1 billion people. It already represents the largest online audience in the world and is less than 30% penetrated and has Internet spending per capita that's less than one-third of the United States. That means two… 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

  • The Top Ten VC Blogs (New And Improved)

    The Top Ten VC Blogs (New And Improved)

    Every so often, venture capitalist Larry Cheng puts out a list of the top VC blogs. Previously, he ranked the blogs by how many subscribers they have on Google Reader. But now he's changed his methodology and is ranking them by average monthly unique visitors, based on Compete data. He just came out with his new global ranking for the fourth quarter of 2009. Below are the top ten blogs from… Read More