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


  • 25 August 2014

    Succesfully Transitioning to SaaS; A Retrospective

    Introduction from Michael Skok
    I'm often asked about what it takes to build a successful SaaS business. And many times it's by people who have legacy businesses, wondering if they can make the transition. It's not for the feint of heart, but it can be done. And one such success story is Qvidian who I asked to share their story below. Lewis summarized it in the post below, but it's really the overview.  I encourage you to ask questions of Lewis in the comments below to learn from it.
  • 22 August 2014

    5 Things CIOs and VCs Can Learn From Each Other

    Lauren Brousell of CIO Magazine posted an excellent article last week following a talk I participated in on the CxOTalk panel.  We explored an interesting topic:  the technology implementation intersection between VCs and CIO’s.  CIO magazine offered five points from our video and a good summary of our discussion points.  

  • 14 August 2014

    Michael shares his CIO perspectives

    Michael Skok participated in a CXO Talk panel last week hosted by CXO Magazine titled, “CIO Perspectives”.  He was joined by Brook Colangelo, CIO of Houghton Mifflin, and the panel was moderated by Michael Krigsman of CXO Magazine and Vala Afshar of Extreme Networks.

    It was an interactive conversation with the panelists and they invited Michael Skok to talk about what he looks for in his investments and why.  Michael covered his investment thoughts and many future groundbreaking areas including: