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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 “What We Must Learn from Asia”

  1. Azam Khan

    You know what’s funny,

    Even though Tencent is earning 2x Facebook, Facebook is revolutionizing the way people connect and share information. AND ITS MOSTLY US – AMERICANS – THE REAL HUMANS. Not some ‘Chinese’ individuals that are spending money on games. Facebook doesn’t care. US people don’t care about Asia, it’s like they are aliens or something.

    Yeah, we’re way behind :( but yes, how do we compete in the online gaming arena in Asia where there are strict rules and partnerships and a hypersocial mentality when it comes to virtual gifts and extensive broadband capabilities.

    What i’m getting from your post is that we should be wary of innovations coming from Asia as it would impact the US as much as a US company would and vice versa.

  2. Mark Suster

    Azam,

    I’m not 100% sure if I understand your point. The message in my post is pretty simple. In the US we know that we’re hugely innovative. We’ve produced Microsoft, Cisco, Apple, Salesforce.com, Google, Facebook, Twitter not to mention all of the non-tech firms that came before these.

    But there are huge innovators in other parts of the world, too. And because the US is so successful at times we citizens forget to look abroad and see what we can learn. I hope more people will do so. And with a special eye toward Asia.

    Thanks. Mark