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2x startup Founder & CEO who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. His first company, BuildOnline was sold in 2005, his second, Koral was acquired by Salesforce.com and became known as Salesforce Content, while Mark served as VP Product Management. In 2007 Mark joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner.  He focuses on early-stage technology companies, usually looking at Series A investment, and blogs at the aptly titled Both Sides of the Table.

2 responses to “Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?”

  1. Steve Shu

    Nice post. Congrats as well to both David and you.

    If you have the time, I was wondering whether it would be useful to conjecture where the other finalists would have been had they pursued or not pursued the MBA. Would they have made it to your table and final interviews? Maybe it was a stepping stone or screening mechanism for you?

  2. Nbarker

    I’ve been a sales guy in one form or another for 20 years after dropping out of high school. And your absolutely right sales rocks. Sales is king. It is the life blood of any organisation. However there has to be a method in the madness. A strategy has to exist for the troops to win the battle.

    BTW I did an MBA after my 2o years in the trenches. The MBA brings an objective view. It helps bring an complete understanding to the optimum approach to take. However an MBA is not necessary needed to achieve this elevated position, it just helps. For me the most important thing is the thirst for learning and change. Without this all is lost.