Dave’s style, and that of the entire firm, is really supportive of entrepreneurs and their visions. Dave knows when to let the entrepreneur operate, but also when to push and probe on an area to just the right amount of detail.
Dave is a co-founder and managing director of Sapphire Ventures. He has been working in venture capital since 1997 where he started in inside sales. Dave’s excitement for venture investing springs from getting to work with people that are smarter than him and getting a preview on new technologies and businesses changing the shape of just about everything. His interests are wide ranging and his experiences include: analytics, digital health and wellness, enterprise SaaS, FinTech/FinServices, infrastructure, IoT and security.
Dave’s previous investments at Sapphire include: 23andMe, Alfresco (acquired by THL Partners), Datria (acquired by Intelligrated), FitBit (NYSE: FIT), Livongo (NASDAQ: LVGO), Lithium Technologies (acquired by Vista Equity Partners), Looker (Acquired by Google Cloud), PayScale (acquired by Warburg Pincus), Ping Identity (acquired by Vista Equity Partners), Phoenix Labs (acquired by Sea’s Garena), Qumu (NASDAQ: QUMU), Ticketfly (acquired by Pandora), Tradewind Markets, and Tremor Video (NYSE: TLRA).
Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures in 2006, Dave helped start the tech venture capital team within American Capital and was a member of the communications investing team at Battery Ventures from 1997-2004. He began his career at Deloitte Consulting where he worked on large-scale software rollouts and the supporting network and process redesigns within technology and healthcare focused clients.
Dave has a BSE in operations research from Princeton and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He’s interested in hearing about the best book you’ve read recently.