“Build it, and they will come” is a dangerous mindset in the startup world. Even if you create a great product, building a successful company around it can be nuanced and challenging. In addition to product development, you need to find and prove product-market fit—then repeat and scale through sales and marketing. In this workshop, Michael Skok, Founding Partner of Underscore VC, will share how to build a product that enables the repeatability needed to scale.
*Pizza will be provided.
Speaker: Michael Skok – Co-Founder & Partner, Underscore VC
Michael is a Co-founding Partner at Underscore VC, a Boston-based firm investing at Seed in bold B2B software founders. A man who makes no small plans, he spent 21 years as an entrepreneur building businesses that pushed himself and industries forward. Then, he set his sights on venture investment, joining North Bridge Venture Partners and driving it in new and exciting directions with the same zeal. Through all this he founded, worked with, and invested in startups, created thousands of jobs and generated billions of dollars of value. In 2015, Michael co-founded Underscore VC to help founders create enduring companies through the power of community.Never satisfied with the status quo, Michael has focused his efforts on breakthrough technologies, disruptive business models, and emerging domains. Michael’s “go big or go home” attitude extends to his personal life too. He’s a self-proclaimed “amateur” photographer who’s traveled the world taking award-worthy photos, and is an avid sports person, giving his all to everything from tennis to kiteboarding to – when feeling adventurous – croquet.Michael has a passion for helping the next generation of entrepreneurs succeed by not only backing them with capital but bringing the resources and commitment of an aligned community around them to propel their success. To help achieve this, he has mentored and taught for over 10 years at Harvard University, where he is an Entrepreneur in Residence, and created the Startup Secrets series.