Domain Experience Gives Entrepreneurs an Unfair Advantage

“Domain experience” means that the founders have worked in the industry before.  It isn’t a “must” for me but it’s certainly a huge positive when entrepreneurs have it.  When you’re researching a market you can spend a year putting your hypotheses on paper but you somehow never really have a handle on the minute details of the industry until you’ve lived in it.  It’s not an absolute requirement for me that you have domain experience but if you do it’s a HUGE plus.


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Mark Suster 

Mark Suster is a 2x entrepreneur and an investor. He joined Upfront Ventures in 2007 as a General Partner after selling his company Koral to He focuses on early-stage technology companies. 

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