Dave McClure is a Venture Capitalist & Founding Partner at 500 Startups, global venture capital seed fund with a network of startup programs headquartered in Silicon Valley with over $300M in committed capital. 500 Startups has invested in over 1,600 companies across more than 60 countries around the world, including: Credit Karma, Grab, Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), Udemy, Ipsy, TalkDesk, Intercom, MakerBot (acq'd by SSYS for $400M), Wildfire (acq'd by GOOG for $350M), and Viki (acq'd by Rakuten for $200M).
Dave is a self-proclaimed geek, investor, former coder & entrepreneur, occasional blogger and internet marketing nerd. He’s a tech veteran with over 25 years in Silicon Valley and previously managed early-stage investments for Founders Fund (2008-2009) and also led the Facebook fbFund incubator (2009). After leaving PayPal in 2004, he was an investor/advisor in a number of startups including Bix.com (acq'd by YHOO), Mint.com (acq'd by INTU), Jambool (acq'd by GOOG), TeachStreet (acq'd by AMZN), SlideShare (acq'd by LNKD), and Mashery (acq'd by INTC). Before PayPal, he founded Aslan Computing, which was acquired by Servinet in 1998.
Dave was named on the Forbes 2016 Midas List as one of the top tech investors globally.
Dave received a B.S. in Engineering from John Hopkins University. You can find Dave playing ultimate frisbee when he’s knees aren’t hurting.
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