What he does: Helps entrepreneurs build great companies, and helps his partners assess potential new investments.
What he invests in: Skip invests in software, networking, and security.
He is on the boards of Cantaloupe Systems, Guardian Analytics, InterAct911, SpringCM and Venafi.
Skip has advised Foundation Capital portfolio boards and senior management at various companies, including Cloudshield (acquired by SAIC), Tealeaf (acquired by IBM), and MSDS online (acquired by ICG). He has also been instrumental in assisting a number of portfolio companies with executive recruiting, corporate strategy, and establishing senior customer relationships.
Skip came to Foundation Capital in 2007 from Canaan Partners, where he sat on the boards of Voyence (acquired by EMC), Groundwork Open Solutions, and VUE Technology (acquired by Tyco).
He has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor to dozens of software, networking, and security companies.
He never became the journalist he wanted to be growing up. But he did take on -- and succeed at -- several challenging roles in his career, such as the CEO and President of URoam (acquired by F5), COO of Kiva (acquired by Netscape), VP of Field Operations at Illustra (acquired by Informix), VP of Marketing at Sybase, and trading area manager at IBM.
As an early stage investor, Skip has invested in several technology startups including Sygate (acquired by Symantec), SleepyCat Software (Acquired by Oracle), eHealth Insurance (IPO) and Riverbed Technology (IPO).
His greatest accomplishment: Raising his family.
Philanthropy: He is a recipient of the J. William Brownsfield award for outstanding civic contribution. He has financially supported and helped manage several non-profit organizations.
The riskiest thing he has ever done: Whitewater rafting in class IV and V rapids.
Profile: Loves cycling, hiking, and vacationing with his family.
The best piece of advice he ever got: “Treat people the way you want to be treated.”
Training: BS from Sacramento State University, MBA from University of Arizona.
Skip's assistant, Annette Giles: agilesfoundationcapital.com