A day in the life of Upfront Ventures managing partner Mark Suster, who wakes up without an alarm, leaves his phone in the bathroom at night, and got into the best shape of his life when the pandemic started

Mark Suster

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At the end of January, Mark Suster’s life was big, fast, and bursting with fireworks as he hosted the glitzy Upfront Summit, an annual gathering of Hollywood celebrities and tech power players that included JJ Abrams, Reese Witherspoon, John Legend, Tyra Banks, Paris Hilton, Wolfgang Puck, Meg Whitman, and Steve Ballmer.

But weeks later, when the stock market crashed and coronavirus started to shut down the world, Suster knew the party was over. As managing partner of Upfront Ventures, one of LA’s largest venture capital firms and backer of tech unicorns like Bird and Ring, he got busy warning startups that COVID-19 was the “black swan” event that would change everything, he told Business Insider. Over the months that followed, as he advised CEOs on their pivot strategies, he began to undergo a stunning transformation himself.

After a 20-year battle with his weight in what he referred to as “a yo-yo of entrepreneurship,” he suddenly found himself in the best shape of his life, having dropped 65 pounds over a 15-month period, nearly half of which he’s dropped since March.

He credits the cancellation of just about everything and grounding of travel for giving him the gift of time to reform his daily routine. Being able to wake up later, eat in moderation, enjoy an active lifestyle, and spend special moments with his family has been life-changing, he said.

As he rides out the pandemic in his Pacific Palisades home in Los Angeles with his wife Tania and two teenage sons, Jake, 17, and Andy, 14, he shared with Business Insider the top hacks he’s using to master life under lockdown.

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6:45 a.m. to 7 a.m.: He wakes up (without an alarm)

Suster sleeps for around six-and-a-half hours a night, striving for seven hours.

“Oura Ring changed my life,” he said, referring to the sleep tracker he wears on his finger. “It provides me with valuable data that helps me manage my sleep. For example, I learned I get most of my deep sleep at the beginning of the night, which is important for muscle repair, and I get most of my REM sleep in the morning (5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.), which is important for creativity and long-term memory.”

Before the pandemic, he said, he was going to sleep at 12 a.m. or later and using an alarm to wake up at around 5:30 a.m to drive his kids to school.

Now armed with the data needed to optimize his sleep, he’s adjusted his schedule. “With everyone at home, I no longer need to set an alarm and can wake when my body wants to,” he said. “I no longer set meetings before 8:30 a.m. to avoid the risk and anxiety of oversleeping. This has made an enormous difference for me.”

7:15 a.m.: He tracks his health stats

Sustaer said he doesn’t sleep with his phone by his side, but instead leaves it in his bathroom overnight. This helps him get out of bed in the morning.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech

      

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