Mark Suster

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Mark Suster
Born (1968-04-30) April 30, 1968 (age 54)
OccupationVenture Capitalist
SpouseTania Suster

Mark Suster is an American entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is a managing partner at Upfront Ventures,[1] the largest venture capital firm in Los Angeles.[2] Suster is a prominent blogger in the startup venture capital world.[3]


In 1999, with Ireland-based property entrepreneur Brian Moran, he founded his first company, a construction collaboration technology business called BuildOnline, where he was also chief executive officer. BuildOnline merged with US-based rival Citadon in December 2006.

By April 2007, Suster had already left Citadon, having founded a second company (Koral, a content collaboration software business). In April 2007, Koral was acquired by where Suster took the role of Vice President, Product Management.

Suster joined Upfront Ventures (previously known as GRP Partners), an investment firm, in 2007.[4] At Upfront, Suster leads investments in companies including Bird, Invoca, MakeSpace, mitu, Nanit,[5] Osmo, Tact, and uBeam.[6]

Suster also led the initial funding round for, and was on the board of, Maker Studios (acquired by Disney in 2014).[7]


Suster grew up in Northern California and is a dual citizen of both the United Kingdom and the United States. He is of Romanian Jewish descent.[8] Suster graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago.[9]

Suster is married with two children.[10]


  1. ^ "The Money Book: Mark Suster | Los Angeles Business Journal". Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  2. ^ Dave, Paresh. "Upfront Ventures, L.A. County's biggest venture capital firm, just got bigger". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  3. ^ "The Founder Showcase: Launching startups with a community". The Next Web. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  4. ^ Kamelia Angelova (July 28, 2011) Privately, Investors Admit There's Big Bubble In Tech Startups. Business Insider
  5. ^ "Nanit knows more about how your baby sleeps than you do – TechCrunch". Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  6. ^ "uBeam's Meredith Perry shows her stealth wireless charging technology really works". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  7. ^ Barnes, Brooks (2014-03-24). "Disney Buys Maker Studios, Video Supplier for YouTube". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  8. ^ Suster, Mark (13 July 2013). "Startup Grind Turns the Tables on Mark Suster". Both Sides. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  9. ^ Chang, Andrea (12 July 2013). "How Mark Suster became a go-to guy for tech start-ups". Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ Suster, Mark. "How Twitter Got Me Into The White House And Saved My Son's Birthday". Business Insider. Retrieved 19 June 2011.