Learning to Share

As an entrepreneur of 20+ years, turned venture capitalist for the last decade, I’m passionate about investing to accelerate innovation and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Yet the older I get the more I realize I have to learn.  And because one of the best ways to learn is to teach, I am developing classes and workshops such as Startup Secrets for institutions like Harvard, that are shared here.

So my goals on this site are to:  

Provide frameworks like Startup Secrets to empower Entrepreneurs, including Videos, Slideshows and Articles

Bring these to life with an expanding library of real world Case Examples.

Seek out thought leadership in industry areas where I invest such as 

Foster collaboration and sharing of best practice among the terrific entrepreneurs and executives who I'm lucky enough to work with and invest in as well as connect with and support the next generation of founders.

What can you do in return? 

  1. Subscribe to the RSS feed anonymously to get updated posts
  2. Sign up for information on new classes and workshops and to let us know who you are  
  3. Give feedback here and throughout the site on whatever other areas you would find useful

I hope you enjoy the site and I look forward to collaborating with you to accelerate innovation and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs!

Best, Michael

News

  • 8 October 2014

    Moonset and Sunrise in Rio

    Thanks to Bruno at TED pointing out the phenomenon, I rose early to see the moonset and sunrise during the rare phenomenon of a penumbral lunar eclipse. To see the photographs and learn more about this phenomenon, click here or go to http://www.mjskok.com/gallery/moonset-and-sunrise-rio
  • 7 October 2014

    Startup Secrets Kicks Off Fall Program

    The Startup Secrets series of workshops are set to kick off the Fall program at Harvard iLabs on October 15th with a workshop entitiled: How To Be Mentored.  Now in its third year, the idea behind this series is to create a framework for entrepreneurs and innovators to think through some of the key steps that could accelerate their success in starting a business.  Michael Skok invites technology all stars to join him to deliver case studies that illustrate real life learnings.  

  • 16 September 2014

    Redefining the Business of Software

    Introduction

    Below are the slides from my talk at Business of Software today and links to all the resources I've referred to. 
     

    Outline

    Back in 2003 I'd developed an investment thesis entitled, "Everything as a Service". Based on this, I was lucky enough to back a great team to start a company called Demandware (NYSE: DWRE). Demandware was the first company to build a best-of-breed SaaS eCommerce  platform -- offering retailers the ability to focus on their core competence of merchandising, not infrastructure and software.