Venture capitalists, whether part of a firm or independent angel investors, play an important role in financing tech innovation. These movers and shakers dominate venture funding.
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A two-time entrepreneur and client of GRP Partners, Mark Suster joined the firm in 2007. The British native also joined the boards of several businesses, including Ad.ly, Bedrock, Burstly, GumGum, and Ring Revenue, and is a board observer of Qualys. Since 1982, GRP has built its capital, and now manages more than $1 billion on behalf of more than 150 limited partners in North America and Europe. Its portfolio includes Overture Services, acquired by Yahoo; Bill Me Later, acquired by eBay; lastminute.com, acquired by Travelocity, and Starbucks. Suster founded Koral, later acquired by Salesforce.com, and founded BuildOnline, which was bought by SWORD Group of France.