Mark Suster is a venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur and owner of one of the best office views in Los Angeles. He also has become a blogging phenomenon, joining the pantheon of VCs whose every word is devoured by startup CEOs.
He and I have spoken a few times informally, but it was about time to put something on the record. So what follows are 5 Questions for Mark Suster:
GRP Partners once was known as Global Retail Partners, and is best known for deals like Starbucks, Costco and P.F. Chang’s. What’s a tech guy like you doing there?
I’d love to set the record straight on this. We did a lot of that retail and consumer stuff in the 1980s and early 1990s, but our first independent fund was in 1996. Since then, We’ve backed Overture, CitiSearch, LastMinute.com, DealerTrack, Bill Me Later and more. We invested in HealthDataInsights, which is just ripping it up. We also did Qualys, a software-as-a-service company that’s got double-digit millions in revenue run rate.