(re) Blogging

Posted on Jun 1, 2009 | 5 comments


I kept a blog actively in 2006/07 when I was running my second company, Koral.  On March 27th, 2007 we were acquired by Salesforce.com and the next week marked my final blog posting.  For a period of time I was prohibited from blogging since I was no longer running my own company and I worked for a firm that was very guarded in who could communicate messages and what could be communicated.  So I stopped blogging.

Since then I’ve left Salesforce.com where I served as VP Product Management and joined “the Dark Side” of VC as a General Partner with LA-based GRP Partners.  I’ve now been at it for nealry 2 years and really enjoyed the breadth of exposure I get to entrepreneurs and great business ideas.  I spent much of those 2 years learned my new trade and building out a network within the SoCal entrepreneurial and VC community.

Now that I feel I”ve firmly found my footing down here I thought I’d get back to blogging.  Much has changed since my first two blogs, which were on Blogger (personal) and Typepad.  It seems that WordPress has gained a strong foothold in the market – I look forward to this new platform.  Admitedly my first experience hasn’t been seamless.  I had already purchased a domain so I didn’t require the standard WordPress URL.  Seems that they aren’t particularly well geared toward new users coming straight in with a domain and not needing their generic format.  But after a few hours I’ve got this sorted and in the process learned my way around a bit.  So far, so good.

When I blogged previously I think I was known for being direct and irreverent.  So much that I ended up on the front page of Valleywag (before it was subsumed by Gawker) for calling a SF-based VC to task for being wankers in a meeting.  I hope to bring the same straightforward commentary to my posts from the other side of the table.  I hope to offer experiences from being an entrepreneur and being a VC.  I will do my best to communicate from Both Sides of the Table

  • http://www.publicspend.com Stuart Lander

    Big plus for the entrepreneur community that you have decided to start this up – look forward to reading what you have to say. Good luck!

  • http://www.totspot.com Michael Broukhim

    Congrats on getting this off the ground Mark. Very excited to be a reader & participant; already looks like it’s off to a great start.

  • http://www.managementconsulted.com Kevin Gao

    Mark – great blog that you have here. Just read through a big chunk of the posts. Since Andreessen stopped writing in his, it’s refreshing to hear another direct entrepreneur/VC-hybrid voice!

  • marksuster

    Thanks, Kevin. Much appreciated. Keep coming back and leaving comments and I’ll keep ‘em coming. Best, Mark

  • Josh Webb

    I just finished reading every single BSOTT post in reverse chronological order (it was a bit like watching Memento). You have done a fine job at following through on your original promise of direct commentary. Your writing is genuine, informative, and entertaining. Kudos to you for generating all of this content. Guy Kawasaki turned a similar effort in to a book… let's see it!!!

    “Navigating VCs in Startup-land: How to avoid being grin fucked”