is a venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups
, a venture capital firm & startup incubator headquartered in Silicon Valley with over $125m in assets under management. Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty-five years as a developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor & investor, blogger, and internet marketing nerd.
Dave is a frequent speaker at technology & entrepreneurship conferences and has invested in hundreds of companies around the world including: Credit Karma (valued at >$1B in 2014), Twilio (raised over $100M as of 2013), MakerBot (acq by Stratasys for $400M), Wildfire Interactive (acq by Google for $350M), Viki (acq by Rakuten for $200M), Mashery (acq by Intel for ~$200M), SendGrid (raised >$45M as of 2014), Mint.com (acq by Intuit for $170M), and SlideShare (acq by LinkedIn for $119M), among others.
From 2008 thru 2010, Dave managed the FF Angel
seed investment program for Founders Fund, and ran the 2009 fbFund incubator program on behalf of Facebook, Accel Partners, & Founders Fund. From 2006 thru 2008 Dave was an advisor & consultant to several startups and helped teach the nation's first-ever class on Facebook and social networking platforms at Stanford University in 2007. From 2005 thru 2006
Dave ran marketing for job search engine Simply Hired
. From 2001 thru 2004, Dave was Director of Marketing at PayPal
(acquired by eBay in 2002), where he started the PayPal Developer Network program. Prior to PayPal, Dave was a database consultant & programmer for several companies, including Microsoft and Intel. In 1994 he founded Aslan Computing
, an internet & e-commerce consulting group later acquired by Servinet / Panurgy in 1998.
Before coming to Silicon Valley, Dave barely graduated from the Johns Hopkins University
with a BS Engineering in Mathematical Sciences and a minor in frisbee, billiards, & foosball. His interests include microfinance and economic innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital, ultimate frisbee, cartoons and animation, and an ever-growing collection of funny-looking hats.
For more info on Dave see: LinkedIn
, Crunchbase, Angel List, or his blog: Master of 500 Hats