He's a geek, startup investor, former software developer & entrepreneur, occasional tech blogger and internet marketing nerd. He's the founding partner of 500 Startups, an Internet seed fund and startup incubator that has invested in ~400 companies all over the world including Twilio, SendGrid, TaskRabbit, and Wildfire Interactive (acqd by Google in 2012).
Previously, he managed early-stage internet investments for Founders Fund (2008-2010), and also ran the Facebook fbFund incubator program (2009). After leaving PayPal in 2004, Dave was an investor/advisor in ~15 startups including Bix.com (acqd by Yahoo in 2006), Mint.com (acqd by Intuit in 2009), Jambool (acqd by Google in 2010), TeachStreet (acqd by Amazon in 2011), and SlideShare (acqd by LinkedIn in 2012).
His professional expertise: tech startups, venture capital, product management, internet marketing, business metrics, community evangelism.
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500 Startups provides early-stage companies with up to $250K in funding, our startup accelerator program, and unique events like SmashSummit, UnSexy, and GeeksOnAPlane. With hundreds of experienced startup mentors around the world, their creative work space in the heart of Silicon Valley, and a vibrant community of startup founders, they help companies succeed in ways other venture firms do not. Watch our video.
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Organized by 500 Startups, Geeks on a Plane (#GOAP) is an invite-only tour for startups, investors, and executives to learn about burgeoning technology markets worldwide. We travel by planes, trains, and automobiles to the most exciting international startup scenes with the sole mission of uniting geeks and exploring cross-border opportunities. The result: a lifelong bond with fellow travelers, a wealth of new friends and business contacts in exploding technology markets, and a stronger appreciation for the cultural and economic ties that bind us globally.
Startup2Startup is a group of Silicon Valley geeks, entrepreneurs, & investors dedicated to educating and helping the next generation of internet startups. We meet monthly over dinner to discuss relevant topics in technology & entrepreneurship, connect with new people & companies, and share our knowledge & experience. Our past speakers include Reid Hoffman, Chad Hurley, Mark Pincus, Bradley Horowitz, Matt Cohler, Tony Hsieh, and Max Levchin.