Chamillionaire, a Grammy- award-winning rapper and successful entrepreneur, and Mark Suster, a partner at Upfront Ventures, the largest venture capital firm in Southern California, visited Washington University in St. Louis on Thursday, April 14.
Mark Suster & Chamillionaire
The pair recorded an episode of the webcast "Bothsides TV" with WashU students as the audience.
Chamillionaire, a native of Houston, is entrepreneur-in-residence at Upfront Ventures working with startups and evaluating investment opportunities. He has invested in a Houston-based car dealership called FlyRydes, launched his own recording label, a modeling firm, a tour bus company, and led a Global Innovation Tournament at Stanford as part of the Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar Series.
Suster founded BuildOnline, which was later sold to a publicly traded French company, and Koral, which was sold to Salesforce.com. His current investments include: RingRevenue, Adly, Awe.sm, Burstly, Pose, TextPlus, DataSift, MyTime, Gravity and Moonfrye. He and Chamillionaire had an investment stake in Maker Studios, which sold to Disney Studios Inc. for nearly $1 billion. He also founded Launchpad LA, a mentorship program designed to help the most promising LA-based companies get funded, become successful and stay in Los Angeles.