Welcome to For Entrepreneurs

ForEntrepreneurs listed as Number 2 in Forbes list of 100 Best Web Sites for Entrepreneurs.

For Entrepreneurs is a blog for startups and entrepreneurs, written by David Skok, a five time serial entrepreneur turned VC (now at Matrix Partners). It aims to address the key issues they will face in getting started, getting funded, and building a successful company. Although applicable to most startups, there is strong focus on SaaS businesses, and building a sales and marketing machine.

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Hi, my name is David Skok. I am a serial entrepreneur turned VC. I have a great passion for helping entrepreneurs and startups. I started my first company a few months after leaving university at the age of 21, and over the next 25 years, founded a total of four companies (Skok Systems, Corporate Software Europe, Watermark Software, and SilverStream Software) and did one turnaround (Xionics). I have had my share of ups and downs. I was lucky enough to have three of these companies go public, one was acquired, and one initially succeeded, but then failed when I moved the company to the US. I often remark that I learned more from that one failure than I have from all of my successes.

After 25 years as an entrepreneur, I became a venture capital partner at Matrix Partners, the firm that had backed my last two companies. I had worked with 15 different VC firms, and Matrix had clearly been my best partner, earning my strong loyalty with their support through some very tough times. It was fun to move to the “dark side” and be in a position to help other entrepreneurs. As a VC, I have had the very good fortune to invest alongside some spectacular management teams, including  JBoss, AppIQ, Tabblo, Netezza, Diligent, CloudSwitch, TribeHR and GrabCAD which have all had successful exits. I currently serve on the boards of HubSpot, Digium, CloudBees, Enservio, Namely, OpenSpan, Storiant, Salsify and Zaius.

I am very passionate about helping other entrepreneurs, having seen how important it is to get that help, encouragement, and support in the early days of creating my own ventures. If you are interested in learning more about what experiences have shaped my thinking, you may enjoy reading the following blog post: What drives great entrepreneurs.

If you would like to receive an email when new articles are published, please leave enter your email address in the form on the right hand side. To contact me, please email me at: dskok (at) matrixpartners.com. I would enjoy hearing from you.

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  • http://www.forentrepreneurs.com David Skok

    Hi Pavel, unfortunately this is a consumer focused business. Due to my background and experience, I focus on B2B startups only. So not a fit for me. But best of luck with the idea. It’s an ambitious project!

  • http://www.kuende.com Pavel Kuende

    Thank you for your answer! We will do our “bestest” :)
    I know I may ask for much, but we are in our Beta state and a tweet from you maybe can start some buzz.

    Thank you again and have a great week!

  • Ramisajaona Jean-Luc Olivier

    Creative Projects.

    Dear Madam/Dear Sir,

    Most urgent,

    Please send me a receipt confirmation in return.

    Fitiavana transportation Madagascar offers you to invest in the business “Passengers transport and tourists transport services to Madagascar” . We need the necessary
    capital of about $130,466,162 and an investor for funding the
    project. My project
    is good and profitable.

    Please let me know if we can work together and start activities in
    Madagascar. Let me know if it’s still available and where we can meet.

    Please be informed to the attachment.

    Letter partnership proposal (shareholder)

    Author: Ramisajaona Jean-Luc Olivier – the principal Fitiavana of
    transportation

    E-mail: inforamisajaona@moov.mg

    Tel: 261328183544

    Please contact 261325709907 for conference calls in English (contact: Mr
    Njaka “Assistant General Manager and Translator in Fitiavana
    transportation Madagascar).

    We
    are ready to work with you in transparency.

    For more information, please contact me at the phone: 261328183544 or
    E-mail: inforamisajaona@moov.mg

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Madagascar is an
    extremely poor place, with some 90 per cent of its population of
    23,201,926 (July 2014) people living on less than two dollars a day but we want
    to change Dear Madam/Dear Sir.

    The primary cause of the humanitarian
    tragedy
    (mass immigration of African families in Europe) is the lack of employment, no
    creations jobs in Africa and to solve these problems, we must help
    entrepreneurs (which brings a good project) to start these activities because
    the only way to make them stay in his country is to create jobs.

    Migrants: UN fears hundreds dead in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean

    The sinking of a boat migrants fears 700 deaths in the Mediterranean.

    The sinking of a trawler in charge of migrants off the Libyan coast, the
    Italian chain RaiNews24 Carlotta Sami, spokesman for HCR in Italy. “One of
    the greatest tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea”. If the death of 500 people
    were confirmed, the victims of 2015 would increase to 1,500.

    Let’s work together to stop this humanitarian tragedy. Please help entrepreneur in Africa.

    We
    solved this problem at source.

    Best regards,

    Fitiavana transportation

    Jean-Luc Olivier Ramisajaona | Chairman & Social
    Entrepreneur

    Madagascar, Indian/Mahajanga

    Mobile/SMS: 261328183544

    E-mail: inforamisajaona@moov.mg

  • Ramisajaona Jean-luc Olivier

    Creative
    Projects.

    Dear
    Madam/Dear Sir,

    Most
    urgent,

    Please
    send me a receipt confirmation in return.

    Fitiavana
    transportation Madagascar offers you to invest in the business “Passengers transport and
    tourists transport services to Madagascar” . We need the
    necessary capital of about $130,466,162 and an investor for
    funding the project. My project is
    good and profitable.

    Please let me know
    if we can work together and start activities in Madagascar. Let me know if it’s
    still available and where we can meet.

    Please be informed to the attachment.

    Letter partnership
    proposal (shareholder)

    Author: Ramisajaona Jean-Luc Olivier – the principal Fitiavana of
    transportation

    E-mail: inforamisajaona@moov.mg

    Tel: 261328183544

    Please contact
    261325709907 for conference calls in English (contact: Mr Njaka “Assistant
    General Manager and Translator in Fitiavana transportation Madagascar).

    We are ready to work with
    you in transparency.

    For more
    information, please contact me at the phone: 261328183544 or E-mail: inforamisajaona@moov.mg

    Thank you for your
    cooperation.

    Madagascar is an
    extremely poor place, with some 90 per cent of its population of
    23,201,926 (July 2014) people living on less than two dollars a day but we want
    to change Dear Madam/Dear Sir.

    The primary cause of the humanitarian tragedy (mass immigration of African families in Europe) is the lack of
    employment, no creations jobs in Africa and to solve these problems, we must
    help entrepreneurs (which brings a good project) to start these activities
    because the only way to make them stay in his country is to create jobs.

    Migrants: UN fears hundreds dead in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean

    The sinking of a boat migrants fears 700 deaths in the Mediterranean.

    The sinking of a trawler in charge of migrants off the Libyan coast, the
    Italian chain RaiNews24 Carlotta Sami, spokesman for HCR in Italy. “One of
    the greatest tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea”. If the death of 500
    people were confirmed, the victims of 2015 would increase to 1,500.

    Let’s work together to stop this humanitarian tragedy. Please help entrepreneur in Africa.

    We
    solved this problem
    at source.

    Best
    regards,

    Fitiavana
    transportation

    Jean-Luc
    Olivier Ramisajaona | Chairman & Social Entrepreneur

    Madagascar,
    Indian/Mahajanga

    Mobile/SMS:
    261328183544

    E-mail:
    inforamisajaona@moov.mg

  • Walker

    Hey David, I love your site. I’m in Florida, and although there are quite a few startups, there is not a developed infrastructure to really foster growth here. We patented a soundproofing curtain that we sell around the world, but almost none at home. We’ve used some of your articles, especially your CAC analysis, to spend advertising where could afford it and still get a decent ROI (we are self funded). Here’s our product if you’re interested in learning about us: residential-acoustics.com
    Thanks, and please keep em coming!

  • http://www.forentrepreneurs.com David Skok

    Hi Walker, thanks for the feedback. Sadly my focus is on B2B software, so this falls outside of that. But I wish you the very best of luck with the business. Best, David

  • http://www.centricsupport.org Mandip Panta

    Kyle i would like to talk more about this with you, can we connect on skype or email.

    Skype: goincrazy.rhl007
    mandip.panta@centricsupport.org

  • gnikb2000

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  • Subhajit

    Hi
    I am currently working for a startup in Doha, where we are focused on creating an algorithm or model to come up with CAC. Any help would be appreciated. subhajit@urbanpoint.com

  • http://www.forentrepreneurs.com David Skok

    If you are looking to predict CAC, unfortunately there is no way that I have seen to come up with a way to predict CAC. It varies greatly from company to company. If you are looking for a formula to calculate CAC, that is provided here: http://www.forentrepreneurs.com/saas-metrics-2-definitions/
    I hope that helps.

  • http://yoreoyster.com yoreoyster

    Hey David, big fan of the blog, so thanks for sharing such great insights.

    It’s refreshing to hear from a proven entrepreneur that can now speak from the perspective of VC – most blogs out there give the opinion of one or the other. I’m looking forward to reading whatever it is that you put out next!

    Jordan of http://yoreoyster.com

  • Brian MacMahon

    Hi David,

    I like your site, I have another which lists thousands of experts in their field http://expertdojo.com. I thought maybe we could share links or articles in order to improve our Google Rank?
    I can’t do this alone so we would need to cooperate to benefit from it.
    It’s only about exchange of links. There’s no payment of any kind involved but I thought this may be a nice partnership.

    Get back to me if you are interested
    .
    Kind Regards

    Brian

    Brian Mac Mahon
    Sensei
    Expert DOJO
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