David is a Partner at NextView Ventures, a dedicated seed-stage venture capital firm for Internet founders. He has been focused on early stage Internet startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and an investor.
As a venture investor in the digital media space, David was most recently a Vice President at Venrock and previously a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners. While at Venrock, an early-stage venture capital firm originally established as an investment arm of the Rockefeller family, David served on the boards of portfolio companies Second Rotation and BlogHer, and was actively involved with Appnexus. While at Masthead, he co-led an investment in Expo TV, and was an integral investment team member for Tremor Media, Intercasting, and NewsGator.
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About Inc., which was soon after acquired by Primedia (NYSE: PRM), where David served as Vice President of Marketing.
David’s educational background includes an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University. He also founded and leads the Web Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly entrepreneur events drawing 1000 attendees.