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?

Entrepreneur’s Don’t Think Enough. Here’s What You Can Do About It …

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Every so often I find myself caught up in a really hectic 3-4 week schedule where it seems like I float endlessly betweens meetings. I get sucked up in “Do” mode. Startups Are for Doers. But getting caught up in the doing can often leave you directionless.

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Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs?

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I’m often asked the question about why there aren’t more women who are entrepreneurs. I would love to see Tara follow up with blog posts on: why she believes this is the case & what we can do about it. We need to start encouraging it in our youth. Startup Advice

ChowNow Raises $3M to Level the Online Food Ordering Field for Small Biz

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Funds were contributed by returning investor GRP Partners along with Double M Capitol, Karlin Ventures, LaunchPad LA and Daher Capitol, all local investors. Steven Dietz, Partner at GRP said, “GRP works with entrepreneurs solving important challenges for many people.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (4/11) – Resiliency

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This is part of my new series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. I started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute: Tenacity.

Mark Suster, Nely Galan to Keynote Silicon Beach Fest

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Silicon Beach Fest is gearing up to showcase the most promising startups and visionaries from across LA’s growing startup entertainment ecosystem. Panel titles include “Meet the Investors,” “Celebs and Startups,” “Fashion Content,” “Growing Your Online Audience,” and more.

The Entrepreneur Thesis

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I call it the entrepreneur thesis. I’m not talk about the age old debate amongst investors whether you back entrepreneurs, markets or products (or as people like to hedge – product / market fit). It’s entrepreneurs I back. It’s what I call the “entrepreneur thesis.”

What Mattered in 2012: Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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We asked the same four questions of a variety of top technology entrepreneurs, investors, and others, to hear what they're thinking about, and are sharing it here over the next week. The most significant news for GRP Partners in 2012 was the first close of our 4th venture fund.

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Hyper Competitive & Hate Losing

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This is part of my series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. I started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute of an entrepreneur : Tenacity.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Cojones (7/11)

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This is part of my series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. I started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute of an entrepreneur : Tenacity.

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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Launchpad LA today announces it will accept applications for its third class of Los Angeles-based tech startups. But the most important metric has been the deep and lasting relationships that have been built with startups and also between senior executives.

Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

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But should you actually write one if you’re a startup, an industry figure (lawyer, banker) or VC? People often ask me why I started blogging. It really started simply enough. I’ll bet your customers, business partners or suppliers would love similar.

Innovation Crush | How an Investor Thinks Through Innovation

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Every day, 1000’s of new bright-eyed and bushy tailed companies sprout from depths of start-up soil. On Innovation Crush , Hamet Watt helps shed some light on the intricacies of successes – and failures – in the start-up community.

Why You Should Give Before You Get

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One of the most common questions I hear from first-time entrepreneurs is, “How do I meet angels?” Todd Gitlin is one of the best executive recruiters the technology & startup market in Los Angeles. Startup Advice

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Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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I was recently interviewed for an article that appeared in Fast Company titled, “ Why you should start a business in LA.&# If you’re interested in the topic it’s worth a read, but I thought I’d elaborate on the topic since it comes up all the time. Los Angeles.

Steven Blank Kills It at Greycroft CEO Summit

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Get your product/market fit working before you ramp up your costs (or raise too much money). Entrepreneurs always walk away with new relationships, knowledge, deal discussions and enthusiasm. My action item – I will soon announce the GRP Partners CEO Summit.

Silicon Beach Fest Celebrates Tech Startups and Hollywood in LA | Pics, Highlights and What’s Next!

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He kicked off the fest with his opening keynote, saying LA is a unique city of mash-ups, where tech, startups and entertainment – plus creativity, cultures, and passion – mix with successful results. To start: Hackathon.

GRP Announces $200 Million Fund. Rebrands as Upfront Ventures

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I am super excited to announce that today is a day of lots of new things for my partners & me: A new fund, a new office and a new brand. Let’s start with the fund. What’s up with that? To start, we believe that our industry was too closed-door and secretive.

Why John Frankel Leaned in Early on Klout and Cornerstone OnDemand and What He Sees Next

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It all started in 2010 with Klout. I had always liked and respected CEO Joe Fernandez but could never get my head around the fact that the Klout was putting up charts showing who influenced me and it didn’t map to the reality I knew in my head. I wasn’t a believer.

RingRevenue Creates A New Performance Marketing Revenue Channel

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But, when it comes to tracking what ad placement or publisher was responsible for getting a consumer to pick up the phone and call, that’s pretty difficult. Do you have any words of caution or advice for entrepreneurs who attempt to “Get Their Band Back Together”? “In

To Be Successful You’ll Need to Shake Hands and Kiss Babies.

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I had a very enjoyable day in Cincinnati meeting many local entrepreneurs, angels and accelerators. I was here to see one of our LPs (limited partners are the people who invest money in VC funds) called Fort Washington. But I found resonance in meeting the local investors and startups.

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The Power of Getting the Band Back Together

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Startups are hard. You join teams that got good write-ups on TechCrunch, have great VCs, have star CEO’s, whatever. We tell startup stories. Our founder, Yves Sisteron, was my mentor and board member at my first startup. Startup Lessons

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GRP Excited to add Sam Rosen to Its Ranks. How Did He Get the Role? Hustle. Here’s the Story.

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I’m very excited to be finally be able to announce that this week we’ve added Sam Rosen to our ranks at GRP Partners in the role of entrepreneurs-in-residence – EIR. Sam later decided he wanted to do a startup. Come to entrepreneur pitches.

Here are More Signs that LA Tech is Moving to the Next Level

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I wrote a blog post on how to work with lawyers at a startup nearly two-and-a-half years ago. If you don’t have much experience in working with law firms at a startup it’s a good primer. In that post I talked about how to select a law-firm for a startup. Startup-focused. He knows every startup & VC in town.” They scooped up none other than David Hernand who will join the practice as managing partner.

Bolstering the Partner Ranks at GRP

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It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce that we have added Greg Bettinelli as a partner at GRP Partners. He had joined a young startup in LA called HauteLook and was interested in getting to know the local tech community. Startup Advice

Announcing a Deal I’ve Wanted to Talk About for a Year

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I’m super excited to announce that GRP Partners led the investment in Ethan Anderson’s new company MyTime (link has LA-based merchants but will give you a good feel for the product). In the same year they won Business Insider’s Startup competition.

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Special Report: Who's Funding What, Really?

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There's been a lot of talk about the boom in Southern California's startup world. Driven by success in the sector, accelerators, serial entrepreneurs, and more, there are more startups starting and relocating here than ever. 500 Startups. GRP Partners.

DogVacay Awards College Scholarship

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The scholarship also includes a conference call with DogVacay CEO Aaron Hirschhorn--who, aside from his experience starting DogVacay, previously spent his days vetting startup ideas as a venture capitalist. Hirschhorn spent time in venture capital at Monitor Ventures and GRP Partners (which is now Upfront Ventures), before he switched over to becoming a startup CEO. school scholarship student entrepreneur startup college marketplace sitting dogvacay

Interview with Sam Teller, LaunchpadLA

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There is a large menu of startup accelerators in the Los Angeles, but one of more established efforts in the area is LaunchpadLA ([link] The effort actually started as an informal mentoring program, but has grown and expanded to follow the accelerator model.

A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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I’m an entrepreneur at heart so I’m always inspired when I hear stories about innovation. I’m inspired by the enthusiasm of the young, emerging startup ecosystem that is here. As I gear up to give a keynote at the annual Seattle 2.0 I will start recruiting soon.

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Insights and Opinions: Avoid Monoculture

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For today's Insights and Opinions piece, we turn again to prolific blogger and local venture capitalist Mark Suster of GRP Partners , for his insights into how a wider experience--beyond the confines of the startup world--can help you as an entrepreneur.

LaunchpadLA Names Second Class

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Los Angeles-based Launchpad LA , the startup mentoring effort spearheaded by GRP Partners' Mark Suster, is announcing this afternoon that it has selected 10 startups for the second season of the program. The firms get one-on-one mentoring from experience entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and the program was open only to companies who had not not already raised institutional venture capital, and were located in or are willing to relocate to Los Angeles.

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

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The VC partner, somebody I greatly respect said, “Yeah, we like Gil and what they’re doing. In my LA I often see computer screens open with entrepreneurs talking about digital media. And many of the ones that do want to do startups are plotting their one YCombinator company.

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