Posts by: David Skok

About David Skok

David is a serial entrepreneur who founded a total of four companies, and did one turn-around. In 2001, he joined Matrix Partners, who had backed his last two startups, as a VC investor. Successful exits as a VC include: HubSpot, JBoss, AppIQ, Tabblo, Netezza, Diligent Technologies, CloudSwitch, TribeHR, GrabCAD, OpenSpan and Enservio. David currently serves on the boards of Atomist, CloudBees, Digium, Meteor, Namely HR, Salsify, and Zaius.

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This article was originally published as part of a series of posts on GigaOm. Different phases of a startup’s lifecycle require different approaches to spending. In my previous post, I talked about the first phase: finding product/market fit. I described how entrepreneurs should have a laser-like focus on finding it,...

This article was originally published as part of a series of posts on GigaOm. As a VC and five-time entrepreneur, I frequently see two common mistakes being made by startups: Companies spend too much attempting to grow the business when it’s not ready for such growth; or Companies don’t spend enough money when the...

An Interview with Andrew Quinn of HubSpot Having a high performing team means: Hiring the right people Creating a structure and culture for them to do great work Equipping them with the knowledge and skills to work effectively These first two topics have received a lot of attention in the startup community. In fact,...

It’s just after the end of a quarter, and for VC’s that means many board meetings to review how portfolio companies have performed. Over the years of doing this, I’ve been shocked and surprised how many times I’ve seen good companies with great product/market fit miss their sales targets for an incredibly avoidable...

I used to believe that there were two critical startup skills: 1. Building a great product that has clear product/market fit. 2. Building a sales and marketing machine. I would argue with my partner at Matrix Partners, Antonio Rodriguez about whether you could get away with just having a great product. Or whether you...

  The following is an example of a Hiring Scorecard, which was put together as an example for a blog post on recruiting. It shows the scorecard that was used to hire a Matrix Partners Associate. Mission Lead proactive research, investigation, and analysis of specific sectors identified by the partnership.  Create a...

Survey results from 342 B2B SaaS companies on key inside sales metrics including group structure, ramp and retention, quota and compensation, activity & technology and leadership. Intro The SaaS model has become mainstream, and is everywhere. Gone are the early fears of data privacy and security, and now even late...

Consumer VCs like to make light of the Founders Fund mantra ‘We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.’ For those of us working in the enterprise, it’s actually the reverse, “They promised us 140 characters, instead we got Workday.” Since 2010, SaaS applications were supposed to “consumerize”, but...

Last week I shared the results from Part 1 of our survey  in which 300+ SaaS companies shared data on their growth and go-to-market strategies. This week we dive into the results from Part 2 of the survey where we compare application delivery methods, operational costs and gross margins, contract terms, churn rates,...

For the third year in a row, we worked together with Pacific Crest Securities, an investment banking firm with a specific focus on SaaS, to survey 306 SaaS companies. This represents nearly double the # of respondents from last year, giving us deeper benchmarking data and insights to share on the growth and operations...

Intro This page is a supplement to the the SaaS Metrics 2.0 blog post. It provides detailed definitions for each of the key metrics used in that post. Calculating LTV and CAC for a SaaS startup Unit Economics is a very powerful way to analyze the long term profitability of a SaaS business. I am often asked for the...

As most of my readers know, I am a big fan of Inbound Marketing. However there are times when inbound leads aren’t either enough, or the right kinds of leads needed to reach your best potential customers. In those situations, one tool worth considering is the use of a dedicated sales team to do outbound prospecting...

Traducido por Alberto Peralta. Introducción Esta página complementa el artículo Métricas SaaS 2.0 – Guía para medir y mejorar lo que importa. Proporciona la definición detalladas para cada una de las métricas principales que se que se usan en ese artículo. Calculando el LTV y el CAC para una startup SaaS. Las finanzas...

This article is part of a series titled “The Art & Science of Growth Hacking” that will be published over time. My thanks to Gail Goodman, the founder and CEO of Constant Contact for introducing me to this concept. Free trials and freemium products are two of the best ways to sell your product. They help the buyer...

Three years ago I spent a lot of time looking at SaaS business intelligence companies. I loved what I saw in the demos: easy data connections, slick looking graphs, powerful drill down tools and custom dashboards made the tools look like no-brainers. And then I began my diligence calls. All of these bells and...