I am grateful to work with the brightest and boldest around the world and back ideas and business models with the potential to win. This is a great gig!
Dave has invested in four companies that have gone public, seven that have been acquired, and has been recognized by Forbes on its Midas List of the top 100 technology investors. He currently is a board director or board observer at Avetta, AppNexus, CCC Information Services, Klook, SiteMinder, and The Pracuj Group. Other current investments include Act-On, Rover, TripAdvisor, and Xero.
Dave’s prior investments include ExactTarget (NYSE: ET, acquired by Salesforce.com), Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Global360 (acquired by OpenText), LinkedIn (public investment; acquired by Microsoft), Merkle (acquired by Dentsu), OSIsoft (interest acquired by SoftBank), Renren (NYSE: RENN), Seismic Micro-Technology (acquired by IHS), Sitecore (acquired by EQT), Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK), and Tiny Prints (acquired by Shutterfly).
In addition, Dave has for more than a decade hosted TCV’s annual Customer Acquisition Forum, an offsite that brings together the best and brightest growth C-level executives from consumer internet and high-velocity software companies.
Before joining TCV, Dave was a private equity investor at JPMorgan Partners, a management consultant at Bain & Company, and an early employee at 1stUp.com (acquired by CMGi). In addition, Dave has held advisory/consulting roles at KongZhong (NASDAQ: Kong), Pinterest, SAP (NYSE: SAP), and VMware (NYSE: VMW).
Dave grew up outside of Boston fascinated by California. It led to questionable teenage fashion choices (e.g. Jams shorts and frog skin Oakleys) and ultimately a move to San Francisco in the late 1990s. One of the first things he did was buy a wetsuit and board and teach himself how to surf. It’s something he continues to do today either in the local breaks of Northern California or on the occasional trip abroad (all-time favorites: Mentawais, Indonesia, Raglan, New Zealand, and Nowatu, Fiji).
Dave’s wife and two young children continuously challenge and delight him. They root for Belichick and the New England Patriots.
Dave serves on the Advisory Board of the East Palo Alto Charter School and the Board of Trustees at Keys School.
David received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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