For the last 20 years, David has worked closely with technology companies to help them grow and prosper. David joined August Capital in 2000 to invest in a broad range of software companies. Since that time, he has invested in dozens of companies across the software spectrum, including a number of enterprise software and SaaS (e.g, Splunk, Fastly, PayCycle, RocketLawyer), consumer services (e.g., Evite, Ebates), and payments related businesses (e.g., WePay, Bill.com, PayNearMe).
Along with colleagues at August Capital, David started the first venture capital blog, VentureBlog, and the first venture capital podcast, VentureCast. He is the creator and executive producer of the The Lobby and Lobby:Enterprise, August Capital’s annual gatherings of the thought leaders across digital media and enterprise/SaaS software — www.thelobbyconference.com. David also serves as the Tech Curator for the TED Conference in Vancouver and is the co-creator and host of TEDxStanford. He received Deloitte’s 2013 Venture Capitalist of the Year award and has been honored by Forbes Magazine as a member of its Midas List of top Venture Capitalists.
David has an eclectic educational background. He received an BA from Stanford in Computer Music, an M.Phil in Criminology from Cambridge University, and a JD from Harvard Law School. He has taught courses in entrepreneurship, venture capital and law at Stanford Business School, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School and the Stanford School of Engineering and has served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Harvard Business School.
David lives in Palo Alto with his wife Pamela, their four children, and their puppy Teddy.
Current August investments: Bill.com, DataTorrent, Fastly, Handle Financial (fka PayNearMe), Insight Engines, LiveOps, MassDrop, Nomis Solutions, Rocket Lawyer, Second Spectrum, TopHatter, TownSquared and WePay.
Previous August investments: Aardvark (acquired by Google), Aisle50, DoneRight (acquired by LendingTree), eBates (acquired by Rakuten), Evite (acquired by Ticketmaster), Gravity (acquired by AOL), Jaxtr (acquired by Sabse Bolo), PayCycle (acquired by Intuit), Notiva (acquired by Oracle), RedSwoosh (acquired by Akamai), Splunk (NasdaqGS: SPLK), TalkShow (acquired by Medium) and Tickle (acquired by Monster).