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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 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.

3 responses to “Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?”

  1. TJ

    First of all, I wanted to say thanks to everyone that participates in writing cloudave. Great Blog. Secondly, what happened to the news section in Nov??

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  3. cranstone

    Earn – start a company, take the 83b election and buy your shares for a tenth of a penny. Don’t be greedy because you’ll have too many outstanding. Now work hard and deliver real customer value. Raise no more than two rounds and keep the outstanding as low as you can – preferably around 7m, certainly no more than 10m (means you have to have something special). Then exit for $50m in say 6 years. $7 a share, nice pay check for the founders, still a pretty good deal for the employees and if the VC’s are in early enough a factor X return. Rinse and repeat.

    If you really want to earn then you have to start early, be as frugal as you can and come up with a big idea. After that it’s “just” execution.