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Welcome! forEntrepreneurs is a blog created by David Skok, a five-time entrepreneur turned VC. It offers in-depth, tactical advice on the key issues founders...

We recently released Part 1 results of our private SaaS company survey in partnership with KBCM Technology Group (formerly Pacific Crest Securities). This is...

I presented on two topics at WebSummit 2018 in Lisbon on November 6th. The slides and videos of...

For the seventh year in a row, we’re proud to work with KBCM Technology Group (formerly Pacific...

At this year’s SaaStock, I presented on one of my favorite topics: how to improve your marketing...

Thanks to all of you who helped make the Zero to 100 event in San Francisco such a great success....

There is much hand wringing in the startup ecosystem about various forms of signaling between the...

In today’s blogpost I would like to introduce my partner for Zero to 100, Stephanie (Schatz)...

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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