How to Cultivate Effective Business Partnerships with Mark Hall, Head of Venture Capital and Startup Partnerships at Google

This episode features an interview with Mark Hall, a business leader at Google. He manages partnerships with startups and venture capital firms. Mark is also a contributor to Forbes on the topics of tech, leadership and venture capital. We talk with Mark about cultivating effective partnerships, shepherding new businesses into being, and leveraging Google’s resources to ensure their success.
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ABOUT THE GUEST

Mark leads Google’s west coast partnerships with startups and venture capital firms. He’s been at the company for over 8 years and spent a large portion of his tenure in the company’s cloud division. Mark is also a contributor to Forbes, writing on the topics of technology, business and culture and has been featured in Business Insider and Huffington Post.

This episode features an interview with Mark Hall, a business leader at Google. He manages partnerships with startups and venture capital firms. Mark is also a contributor to Forbes on the topics of tech, leadership, and venture capital. We talk with Mark about cultivating effective partnerships, shepherding new businesses into being, and leveraging Google’s resources to ensure their success.

3 Takeaways:

  • Building partnerships means investing more time in relationships and working in a less transactional way.
  • Providing a great customer experience can sometimes be as simple as putting in the effort to engage with the customer.
  • In a partnership, mirroring your partner’s successful work style drives productivity and progress.

Key Quotes:

  • “Every organization, regardless of whether you’re in the venture space, whether you’re a B2B or consumer company, you have to prioritize customer experience because it becomes the lifeblood of your success.”
  • “In the partnership space, they take a long-term view–that time horizon in terms of how you look at the value of that relationship. I think that’s the biggest delineation between a successful partnership versus unsuccessful.”
  • “Prioritize relationships. Periods of give and take on both sides is a natural order of that process and embracing that is key. If you have a dynamic relationship, it allows you to ensure that there’s that back and forth and continued building and strengthening.”

Links:

Mark Hall’s LinkedIn

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