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Michael J Skok
Works at Demandware
Attended University of Nottingham
Lives in Boston, MA
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Last night at 12:01 PDT, I bought an Apple watch without trying it. I bought it as an investor, and made a trade for the long term to buy into Apple even further when Apple initially dipped this morning.  But I know I don’t need the watch as a consumer. And, you likely won’t either. So what is my reasoning for buying it and investing further in Apple?
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Do you have a Vision for the new year? What will your business look like at the end of 2015?
It's never a good sign when a company's shares rise on news that the CEO might be ousted. Yet that's just what happened today with Twitter. It's easy to comment from the sidelines. But sit in on just about any organization meeting to review its strategic Vision and you will see its not as easy ...
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Michael Skok, investor: Nothing will provide an accurate idea of your funding needs if you don’t fully understand your business model. Are you the scientist or inventor who will license your intellectual property? Are you the designer and builder of your products? Or are you just the operator of other’s products? These days, business models are potentially as disruptive as technology (think Google vs. Microsoft) and as differentiating as commerce...
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Investor, Mentor, Educator
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Company building
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  • Demandware
    Director, present
  • Acquia
    Lead investor, present
  • North Bridge Venture Partners
    General Partner, 2014
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Serial tech entrepreneur for 20+ yrs, now VC for 10+. Passionate learner from & mentor of innovators, teaching Startups Secrets at Harvard http://bit.ly/V5l4Ri
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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 with Google+ are to use social media to:  

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

Bring these to life with an expanding library of real worldCase 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.

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  • University of Nottingham
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