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Building & Funding a Startup by Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures

  • Jun 6, 2014 · 8:15 AM
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Mark Suster is an entrepreneur, angel investor and investment partner at Upfront Ventures. He is a prominent blogger in the startup venture capital world and mentor at Techstars.

Mark built and sold two SaaS companies, the latter to Salesforce.com where he was VP Product Management. He has 10 years experience in running startups and likes to help at the earliest stages. Mark blogs about his experiences and offers funding advice at http://bothsidesofthetable.com.




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  • Gary T

    The Best meetup ever!

    June 9, 2014

  • Ronald W.

    Mark has many YouTube vids. I would like to know which two he mentioned today. Question to anyone who took notes.

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Dan B.

    Mark was very interesting and informative and I left with a new strategy for organizing my startup team. I enjoyed meeting many fellow entrepreneurs from the area and making some new friends! Thank you to Sophia, Andy, John, Mike, and Sonya for organizing a great MeetUp.

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • Larry A.

    Great insights on the financial landscape. Be 10x better, not just a little better. Get started - Just do it and find others to help you get it done. They invest in you with a product. Its a numbers game - lots of meetings - get known and learn who to get to know

    June 7, 2014

  • Jacki M.

    two videos Suster mentioned
    1. Mark Suster and Kelly Hwang at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3HJFJrrSmg
    How valuation is calculated, and
    2. Mark Suster and Bill Gross at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATArH9Mrt6s
    ENJOY!

    3 · June 6, 2014

    • Ronald W.

      Thank you and to Brian Miller for the helpful information.

      June 7, 2014

  • Quoleshna

    Really great introduction to this weekly meeting. Met fellow people with a heart for entrepreneurship, and an openness to exchanging ideas. And the advice Mark shared was shared with humor while remaining motivating, practical and succinct.

    June 6, 2014

  • Bill B.

    Suster was engaging, direct and as on point as he is in his blog and other discussion events. The discussions before and after the Friday Morning Coffee were sound and focused. A great event. Leech Tishman fully supports Innovate Pasadena and the innovation ecosystem in the San Gabriel Valley. How can we support your successes?

    2 · June 6, 2014

  • Sugath W.

    Really outstanding presentation! Thanks and congrats to Mark and the organizers. I'm guessing everyone would have gained tremendous value from hearing ~30 more minutes of insight from Mark. Perhaps restructure time allocation (vs. extra networking time) for speakers who may have a lot more to share??

    6 · June 6, 2014

  • Graeme M.

    Mark delivered insightful and useful advice with no BS; the depth of his experience truly came across. Grateful once again to the organizers of Innovate Pasadena in delivering excellent speakers as much to the speakers themselves.

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    5 Things I learned about myself after listening to Mark Suster this morning:

    1. I must increase the passion and confidence level for my entrepreneurial endeavors - or I will continue to struggle to find developers
    2. My concepts and ideas are NOT 10 times better than what's out there
    3. My age will be a factor in getting investor funding
    4. I thought I was unstoppable - I'm not - fear keeps stopping me
    5. I am the poster boy (girl, actually) for the definition of a Wantrepreneur.

    Mark was subtle and understated in delivering his brilliant content. But for me this was a brutal, in your face, wake-up call. Either get my business off the ground, or go back to corporate America where I will languish in a cube with other dead people.

    3 · June 6, 2014

  • Andy W.

    Truth Briefing about VC Industry

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Revvell

    It was exciting! I loved how Mark touched on the emotional aspects of being an entrepreneur (my specialty) as many don't realize that underlying subconscious fears, stress and anxieties will often stop someone or, cause them to make wrong decisions. I'm reading Mark's blog now and I LOVE ~ "You're unemployable. You're an entrepreneur." Truth!

    Thank you for this meetup and bringing in such great speakers and information.

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Ronald W.

    Fantastic and practical

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Scott W.

    Great Book on Recruiting Developers and Supporters: 'Selling the Dream' by Guy Kawasaki. Guy (a UCLA grad) was the original Macintosh Software Evangelist. This classic book covers all aspects of evangelizing a cause. It's so good I have two copies: one for me, and one to loan out.

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • John E.

    Mark provided relevant and useful information. Great presentation.

    2 · June 6, 2014

  • Michael L.

    Very focused and direct. He has been in the trenches, and he knows what works and what doesn't. I am sure that he helped many in the audience in their quest.

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Markus L.

    Great speaker and I loved "mixing" with the audience!

    June 6, 2014

  • John C.

    Excited!

    June 6, 2014

  • Jerome

    I plan attend a future meetup.

    June 5, 2014

  • Bill B.

    Mark's blog is terrific; I look forward to the discussion. I am a business transactions attorney with corporate/commercial experience from start-ups to Fortune 500's

    2 · June 5, 2014

  • andy w.

    Remember if you park at the Paseo Colorado there is a 90 minute parking validation machine at the top of the escalator (near the arcarde machine) if you come up nearby where Gelsons used to be (west end of the structure).

    3 · June 5, 2014

  • Helena

    May bring a guest.

    2 · June 2, 2014

    • andy w.

      yes. just have your guest rsvp through meet-up

      June 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We just got a great question about the venue for members who will be attending for the first time: the talk will be in the public space adjacent to Starbucks with the entrance from Starbucks, but it won't be taking place in the coffee shop itself. We do ask our patrons to buy a cup of coffee or tea from the Starbucks to patronize the Pasadena Convention Center that generously donates their space to our group.

    2 · June 2, 2014

    • Nick L.

      Answered my question!

      June 5, 2014

  • Maryann C.

    Thank you, Mark, for the terrific blog.

    1 · June 3, 2014

  • Scott W.

    This will probably be the best IP event so far. Mark's blog (bothsidesofthetable.com) is a must-read for anyone in this game. He speaks from deep experience, and his advice on very-early stage startups is clear, actionable, and goes well beyond funding. (e.g. Read Mark's posts on co-founders and then think about Nanxi's talk.) See you there.

    June 2, 2014

  • Brian M.

    This looks to be another great IP meetup. You guys are doing an excellent job finding great speakers! Can't wait to hear Mark's insights into startup funding!

    2 · May 31, 2014

  • Nick L.

    Looking forward to it. Thanks Ron Perez!

    1 · May 31, 2014

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