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Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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This morning's interview is with Mark Suster , a venture capitalist at GRP Partners (www.grpvc.com). GRP has just recently closed on a new $200M fund, and Mark has been one of the more active venture capitalists in the Los Angeles area in recent months. The new fund is focused entirely on technology companies.

Mark Suster: New, $200M Fund, and GRP's New Name, Upfront Ventures

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The firm just announced that new fund, and a new name, Upfront Ventures (www.upfront.com). Tell us about the new fund? Thanks!

Choosing Internet Platforms

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The basic conclusion was that it was a bit premature if you were talking about a serious, funded start-up. Mark Suster Partner GRP Partners He's an ex-Salesforce.com employee. I'm blogging from the CalTech Enterprise Forum. The topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform? It's funny. Whoops. Really?

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SoCal Gets $739M In Venture Capital In Q2

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Los Angeles had $222.5M in funding, and San Diego $198.18M in investments. Investments were slightly down from Q2 of 2010, when the region saw $856M in funding. The report said that the investment level was the highest total in a single quarter since Q2 of 2008. raised for the quarter. billion invested across 814 deals.

VC Outlook 2009 - Candid Talks with VCs in Los Angeles - GIVING AWAY A FREE TICKET

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VC Outlook 2009: If You Need Funding You’re Fuc%ed ( or are you ) - Candid Talks with VCs in Los Angeles. DECEMBER 2, 2008.

Burstly Adds SoftBank, Founder Collective

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investment from Rincon Venture Partners and GRP Partners. Rifkin was the founder of TagWorld/Flux, which he sold to MTVN in 2008.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (4/11) – Resiliency

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The agreement was that both sets of investors would fund the combined entity, we would reduce overlapped costs and become a healthier company. 

What’s Really Going on in the VC Industry? What Does it Mean for Startups?

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Consumers pulled their money out of these risky investments, but when LPs make commitments to VC funds they make 10-year, legally binding commitments.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Cojones (7/11)

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He and his partner told me about this new idea over the course of nearly a year. introduced him to my partners who liked him. And cheap.

Burstly Snags $1.8M For Mobile Ad Tools

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Los Angeles-based Burstly announced Tuesday afternoon that the firm has raised $1.8M in a venture funding. READ MORE>>.

SoCal Venture Deals Up In Q2

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billion, the strongest quarter since the third quarter of 2008. Venture capitalists are feeling more positive about the economic outlook for investment, based upon the jump we saw in VC funding this quarter," explained Randy Churchill, who directs Pricewaterhousecoopers' Southern California Emerging Company Services practice. raised.

Understanding the Risks of VC Signaling

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recently wrote a blog post on understanding how the size and age of a venture capital fund might affect you when you’re raising money.

Interview with Evan Rifkin, Burstly

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Mark Suster lead GRP's investment in the firm, and Jim Andelman led Rincon's investment. What is Burstly? Our space is pretty young. Thanks!

This Week in VC with Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners

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Their first fund was a $75 million fund raised in 2006 and they very recently announced a brand new $130 million fund.  BuzzFeed. 

Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010

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He’d been working at a well-funded startup for about a year and had come to terms with the fact that the startup was really a pretty dumb idea. Kathy Sierra at Business of Software 2009 - Business of Software Blog , May 4, 2010 "In the old days, getting customers was easy. You could just outspend. There is a much better technique. agree!

This Week in VC – Scott Painter, CEO of Zag & TrueCar

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Founded in 2008 in Santa Monica by Ron Goldman (former CRO of shopping.com) and Rahul Sonnad. Incubated by Clearstone Ventures in 2008.

Guide to the LA Startup Community

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

Interview: Venture Capitalists On Pitching

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We brought together Peter Cowen of Groundwork Equity , Mark Suster of GRP Partners , Rick Smith of Crosscut Ventures , and Richard Yen of Saban Ventures -- all of who will be on the judging panel for the Tech Coast Angel's Fast Pitch on February 24th, to give us a their hints and tips about pitching to venture capitalists. Thanks!