The Proust Questionnaire shines its light on David Skok today. David is a successful entrepreneur who founded Silverstream which went public and Watermark which was acquired by IBM. For the last five years, he has been a partner at
where he has had a remarkable track record investing in great companies like
(acq by RedHat),
(acq by HP),
(acq by HP),
(acq by IBM),
, and others.
Device you would never give up?
I also love my TiVo, AppleTV, iPhone, and my Canon DSLR. But the
Blackberry is the one that I can’t live without.
Your Favorite Software Application?
Lightroom for processing my RAW images from Canon DSLR. Closely followed by
Final Cut Studio for video editing.
Blog you read most frequently?
Great for tracking interesting new Internet businesses.
Social Media Tool you actually use?
. It has finally hit the stage where it has critical mass, and
has now become a great tool for recruiting.
Favorite Business Book(s)?
the Chasm. I am still amazed by how relevant this is today.
Person that inspires you?
Nelson Mandela. Amazing to me how he was able to come out of
jail after 27 years, and still be able to embrace his vision for a multi-racial
society. A wonderful human being, and a great leader.
Who Was Your Best Manager? Why?
since I started my first company right after leaving college, I have
never really had a boss.
Your first "real" job?
Worked in my father’s machine tool company for about six
months after leaving college, and then used that experience to found my own
Where Do You Do Your Best Thinking?
a comfortable seat on an airplane, as there are no interruptions and I
can’t make any more phone calls.
What Do You Most Value In Employees/Colleagues?
right cultural fit: smart, low-ego, collaborative, high-integrity - (sorry I
used this as a way to describe several attributes as only one would not have
What I'd like To Be The World's Best At?
Originally published Aug 29, 2008 9:15:00 AM, updated March 21 2013