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. It looks like GRP has been making lots of early stage investments lately--can you talk a little bit about your investment preferences and what you are looking at nowadays?

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

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However, one, longtime local fund-- GRP Partners --appears to have found the right formula for venture success, and has just raised a brand new, $200 million fund. All of our partners are based here. Our 2008 fund is also performing incredibly strong.

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On Bubbles … And Why We’ll Be Just Fine

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And time is the enemy of all deals so start sooner rather than later, as anybody who was planning to raise in October 2008 will tell you. That happened a lot in 2002 and again in 2008. So at GRP Partners we’re very active now. This post originally ran on TechCrunch.

Understanding the Risks of VC Signaling

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First, if the VC does 15-20 of these under one partner then it is certain he can’t spend any time with these investments. Let me give you an example. Let me give you another example. And then there is GRP Partners.

This Week in VC with Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners

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Our guest this week on #TWiVC was Dana Settle , partner at Greycroft Partners , a venture capital firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles. An obvious example that comes to mind is Roger Ehrenberg, whose fund Information Arbitrage , is looking at companies in these categories.

Guide to the LA Startup Community

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What are some examples of successful companies that were started here? 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. One thing I like to look for is some barrier to entry, whether that is technology, or partners, or great entrepreneurs who understand the space.