Dave likes to hang out with entrepreneurs & startups, and occasionally invests in those foolish enough to let him. He has been an investor in hundreds of companies all over the world including Credit Karma, Twilio, MakerBot, Wildfire Interactive, Viki, Mashery, SendGrid, Mint.com, and SlideShare, among others.
Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty-five years as a developer, entrepreneur, blogger, investor, and marketing nerd. He has worked with companies such as PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twilio, Mint.com, Simply Hired, O'Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft. Years ago he used to do real work like coding or marketing, but these days he mostly does useless stuff like email, blogging, and hanging out on Facebook and Twitter.
Dave also likes to play ultimate frisbee when his knees don't hurt.
[Not So Short Bio]
Dave McClure is a venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund & incubator headquartered in Silicon Valley with over $125 in assets under management. Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty-five years as a developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor & investor, blogger, and internet marketing nerd.
Dave's passion is a frequent speaker at technology & entrepreneurship conferences and he has invested in hundreds of startup companies all over the world including: Credit Karma (valued at over $1B in 2014), Twilio (raised over $100M as of Q2/2013), MakerBot (acq by Stratasys for $400M in 2013), Wildfire Interactive (acq by Google for $350M in 2012), Viki (acq by Rakuten for $200M), Mashery (acq by Intel for ~$200M), SendGrid (raised over $25M as of Q1/2012), Mint.com (acq by Intuit for $170M in 2009), and SlideShare (acq by LinkedIn for $119M in 2012), among others.
From 2008 thru 2010, Dave managed the FF Angel seed investment program for Founders Fund, and ran the 2009 fbFund incubator program on behalf of Facebook, Accel Partners, & Founders Fund. From 2006 thru 2008 Dave was an advisor and consultant to several startups including Mint.com; co-chaired technology & startup conferences for O'Reilly Media; and helped teach the nation's first-ever class on Facebook and social networking platforms at Stanford University in 2007. From 2005 thru 2006 Dave ran marketing for job search engine Simply Hired. From 2001 thru 2004, Dave was Director of Marketing at PayPal (acquired by eBay in 2002), where he started the PayPal Developer Network program. Prior to PayPal, Dave was a database consultant & programmer for several companies, including Microsoft and Intel. In 1994 he founded Aslan Computing, an internet & e-commerce consulting group later acquired by Servinet / Panurgy in 1998.
Before coming to Silicon Valley, Dave barely graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a BS Engineering in Mathematical Sciences and a minor in frisbee, billiards, & foosball. His interests include microfinance and economic innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital, ultimate frisbee, cartoons and animation, and an ever-growing collection of funny-looking hats.