E025: with Mark Suster




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Joining Jason on this week’s episode of TWiST is LA-based venture capitalist Mark Suster.  Mark is a highly experienced VC with GRP Partners – he’s also an entrepreneur who built and sold two companies before starting with GRP.  If you want to talk to someone who knows about building, funding and selling companies, Mark is your man.  He’s also a fixture in the LA tech community, frequently appearing at events and counseling local startups.

Tune in to see how Mark got his start and the advice he has for entrepreneurs of today.  And what do you think his take is on the entire angel controversy….

Just a quick reminder, no episode this week as Jason is in NYC for the Audience Conference (giving his final keynote ever).  But we’ll be back the week after with 2 episodes, including one live from San Francisco!  See you then!

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  • Darrin Dickey

    I’m enjoying listening to Mr. Suster, but I’m having a hard time getting past the fact that he looks like Hodges on CSI. :-)

  • scott schlichterw

    Wow. Great show.
    If … you cut it down to 45 minutes, maybe 30. Seriously – you asking me to watch “Godfather” here – it is good but it ain’t a best picture.

    Scott Schlichter

  • Brilliant: Good judgement comes from experience. And experience comes from bad judgement.

    — Mark Suster on Jason Calacanis’ This Week in Startups

  • Hey Jason (Team Jason),
    What would you say the difference is between Ad.ly and Pay per Post? Is it that there is no way for the biggest Twitters to make money other wise or is it that they (say) that they will mark all there ads with at least (ad)? Just interested as you did go very hard after Pay For Post.

    PS. I want to again ask that the full “insight from Tyler” jingle gets a run before following up with the smaller jingle.
    Keep up the great work!

  • Gabe

    Garmin sells many varieties of aviation and boating GPS units, I don’t see that being replaced by a cell phone any time soon.

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  • steve white

    http://shoutbuy.com/ still not up, Q, big plans like an indication that they can do it?

  • Paul Towers

    I always enjoy hearing from/reading about Angels or VC’s who started out as Entrepreneurs in their own right. I tend to find that they have the most insightful comments and feedback and this episode was no different. In particular, hearing pitches and feedback from “Jason’s Shark Tank” over the past few weeks really highlights the value in some of Mark’s comments. In particular, that you have to be 100% fully committed to what you are doing in order to convince a VC of your ability to execute/succeed. In addition to this don’t come to VC’s saying people will join you when you have cash as this just shows that you haven’t been able to convince anyone that your idea is strong enough for them to jump head first in with you.