Both Sides of the Table

Perspectives of a 2x entrepreneur turned VC at @UpfrontVC, the largest and most active early-stage fund in Southern California. Snapchat: msuster

Mark Suster

2x entrepreneur. Sold both companies (last to Turned VC looking to invest in passionate entrepreneurs — I’m on Twitter at @msuster

Kerry Bennett

Head of Marketing, @upfrontvc. Formerly: @DogVacay, @HauteLook. 100% pro-brand.

Kyle Taylor

Product @upfrontvc

Latest Posts

Announcing Projector — A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years

A few years ago I spent time in prison with Trevor O’Brien, the founder of Projector. Yes, I always imagined announcing the company that…

Managing Your Startup Board — A Short Presentation

I was invited to do a keynote presentation at the Khosla Ventures CEO Summit this week in Sausalito. It was an amazing gathering of some…

The Truth About the Scooter Economy — An Insider’s Perspective

There is a story arc of the electric scooter market that took the world by storm in 2018, was second-guessed late in the year and has…

Why You Can’t Get Serious About Productivity Unless You Optimize How Your People Use Your Space

I fund startups for a living and before that I ran two software startups that I founded. I’ve spent countless hours looking at historical…

One Simple Way to Eliminate Distractions in a Board Meeting

Several members of your executive taken hours to prepare board materials so that you can inform your board of how things have gone since…

How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

Networking is a critical part of relationship building and there is no event more valuable to building relationships than the proverbial…

How to Stop Your Board Meeting from Going Down a Rat Hole

We’ve all been in meetings that get off track — sinking ever down the proverbial “rat hole,” from which rescue feels impossible. How does…

How to Prepare for a Board Meeting to Make Sure you Crush It

Most board meetings are administrative updates that accomplish very little other than inform board members about the performance of the…

High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

I’ve sat on many boards over the past 2 decades and seen my share of high-functioning boards and low-functioning boards. Here are some…


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