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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.

5 responses to “Who Should you Hire at a Startup?”

  1. Oliver Young

    The quote you have in mind is not a Woody Allen line, it is (most commonly) attributed to Groucho Marx.

  2. Zoli Erdos


    You are right – but given how this post is rising on Google, the quote will soon be attributed to Mark Suster 🙂

  3. frymaster

    Story made me go back and find something I submitted to NPR’s Marketplace (unsuccessfully) in 2003 called Shakespeare in the Boardroom or How the Fortune 500 Nearly Killed My Dot Com. Long story short: in the mania of the dotcom boom, the VC insisted on hiring a senior CEO who, frankly, didn’t get the whole dotcom part. Instead, he tried to reshape the company as the traditional service we were trying to replace.

    How do the kids say it these days? Epic fail.

    PS. Wonder what that Euro CPG brand was… 😉

  4. Zoli Erdos


    Would you like to send it to us? No promises to publish, but who knows 🙂

  5. Scott

    Interesting article…

    I just started the process of looking for a CEO to take my NMD business to the next level—your insight and obversations are appreciated.