E279: Mark Suster of GRP Partners – TWiST



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Today on This Week in Startups, we had a very special guest from the TWI family: Mark Suster, the host of This Week in Venture Capital! Mark discussed the state of capital markets, the latest on his company, GRP Partners–as well as his plans for his own show. You have to watch to get the scoop!

1:30 Welcome everyone to today’s episode of This Week in Startups!
2:00 Mark Suster, host of This Week in Venture Capital, welcome to the show.
2:45 Thank you to GoToMeeting for supporting the show! Everyone use the promo code “START” to get a free 30 day trial of the service. And, when you love it, thank @GoToMeeting!
5:15 Mark, welcome back to the program. Are you allowed to talk about what’s going on at GRP Partners?
5:45 Why is it against the rules to solicit for your fund?
9:30 Discussing the right to information that investors have.
11:15 But all these new crowdfunding sites will have limitations and safeguards, correct?
12:00 Mark discusses investment platforms in London.
15:30 If I’m an educated consumer, can I invest safely?
16:30 How does this change venture investing?
19:30 The normal progression is you invest for several years, and then start making exits in year 5+.
21:15 Thank you so much to Squarespace for supporting the show! Everyone go check out their new v6 and use the code TWiST7 to sae 10% when you sign up.
24:15 So you have a big announcement about This Week in Venture Capital… what is it?
28:45 Mark discusses the evolution of his writing style on his blog.
30:30 Jason discusses a piece he wrote on Skout that he didn’t publish.
33:30 Jason says that, if he was the founder of Skout, he would have shut the company down.
35:00 Mark gives his take on the Skout incident.
38:00 Mark discusses another expose about a game company that was grooming players for rape.
41:00 The widespread availability of mature content on the web.
42:15 Mark outlines his problem with Instagram.
43:45 Question from the audience: How does Mark manage his time with regards to networking?
46:45 What do you do when you have a portfolio company that wants an intro to 10 important people?
49:15 Question from the audience: What are your thoughts on having junior employees pound the pavements for deals?
50:45 Question from the audience: Why haven’t there been any real communication innovations for decades now?
52:30 Mark: Why do you follow people on Twitter who you don’t know?
54:00 What’s the magic of Path?
57:30 What does Mark use Path for?
58:00 How would Mark rate himself as a VC? (http://www.quora.com/Mark-Suster-1/Is-Mark-Suster-a-successful-venture-capitalist)
1:01:30 How many Launchpad LA classes have you done?
1:05:30 Jason: I think we could use a few less accelerators.
1:08:00 We’re very excited about TWiVC coming back.
1:11:00 Mark, thank you so much for joining us today! And thank you to Squarespace and GoToMeeting for supporting the show!

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