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Michael J. Skok

Investor, Mentor, Educator

Michael Skok is a serial entrepreneur of more than two decades, turned investor for more than a decade, and now he is also mentoring and teaching entrepreneurship.

Most recently, Michael was a general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners where he initiated ventures with innovators, as well as seeded and invested in many great entrepreneurs who went on to build billions of dollars of value focusing on large market opportunities such as eCommerce and Big Data. Michael focuses on game changing technologies and disruptive business models such as SaaS, Cloud Computing, Open Source and Mobile. He is the founder of the Future of Open Source and Future of Cloud Computing industry collaborations that gave rise to the largest industry wide survey collaborations of their kind.

In his last CEO role he co-founded AlphaBlox whose team defined the market for Analytical Applications, now a multi billion dollar market. After building a trusted brand with a loyal customer base among leading global 1000 companies, AlphaBlox was acquired by IBM.

Earlier, Michael co-founded European Software Publishing (ESP) which pioneered the off balance sheet model for building software companies in Europe. Thanks to a strong management team, 4 of these publishers
were acquired by Siebel, Platinum, Filenet and Banyan and two went Public. This included the team that built Symantec UK into one of Symantec's most profitable international businesses while managing many acquisitions through to Symantec's IPO and enduring industry status.

Michael has served on numerous boards and supported various industry groups like the Software Publishers association where he was Chairman for a number of years in Europe. He is currently active on the boards of:

Acquia (Drupal Open Source and Cloud Services)
Demandware (eCommerce, Marketing & Merchandising on Demand)
Salsify (ecommerce, product lifecycle)
RIFT.io (wireless)
Cazena (advisory role)