Dave Drach is VP of Business Development at TechStars and is driving the powered by TechStars vision.
Previously, Dave was with Microsoft as Managing Director of the Emerging Business Team focusing on startup and venture engagement across XBOX, Windows, Office and Bing. Dave helped create and grow the Microsoft BizSpark, BizSpark + and BizSpark One startup offerings from Microsoft. While at Microsoft Dave helped to create the Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect, the first branded, platform focused accelerator. Dave was an active mentor and supporter of both the program, and the companies.
Dave has been a TechStars mentor for 6 years and is passionate about engaging corporates with startups. Dave joined Microsoft after the acquisition of Great Plains Software, a company that he helped grow from 200 to 2000 employee, move through an IPO and eventually sell to Microsoft.