Mark Suster

I believe firmly in capital efficiency in the early days of a startup. It forces innovation. It forces the founder to spend time in front of customers. It forces teams not to expand too quickly. I know it’s easier said than done when capital is floating around and feels like it will ease up everything. I don’t blame you for taking more than you need. … [ Read more ]

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

Valuing any company can be difficult because it requires a degree of forecasting future growth & competition and ultimately the profits of the organization.

Editor’s Note: in a way this is a topical article centered on the dropping valuations of startup companies in early 2016, but much of the discussion is of long-term relevance for anyone interested in entrepreneurship and venture capital.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

VC funding. Our perspectives on the topic wax and wane with market cycles. We love capital efficiency until we love land grabs until we abhor “over funding” until we get huge distribution & ring the bell for more funding until we attract every non-VC on the planet to invest in startups until it crashes and we start the cycle all over again none the wiser. … [ Read more ]

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

Understanding the 5 C’s to decide whether to get an MBA.

Whom Should You Hire at a Startup? (Attitude over Aptitude)

Startups. We know the mantra: Team matters. Is this philosophy exaggerated? Overrated? Cliché? No. Team is the only thing that matters. So how exactly do you assemble such a team?