Dave focuses his investing activities on B2B companies and SaaS platforms.
Dave is a Principal at Primary Venture Partners based in the firm’s New York City office. Prior to joining Primary, he worked as an Associate in the technology investment banking team at Morgan Stanley in New York. At Morgan Stanley, he executed multiple IPOs, M&A transactions and capital raises for some of the largest firms in the technology sector, such as SAP and Red Hat, as well as financings for various New York-based technology firms including Etsy, Shutterstock and Medidata. Dave’s previous experience includes roles in operations and corporate development at HIT Entertainment and Dixons Store Group, as well as strategic consulting at L.E.K. Consulting in the U.K.
Dave holds an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and a Master’s degree in Engineering from Cambridge University.
The Rest of the Story
I grew up in the U.K. and have always been data-driven, drawn to fields that combine technology and business. After several years working in London, I wanted to get closer to the worlds of finance and entrepreneurship so I came over to New York to study for my MBA. Post MBA, the highlight of my role at Morgan Stanley was working with high growth, pre-IPO companies and helping them to lay out their value proposition to investors before raising capital. Outside of work I spend time explaining that, growing up near Liverpool, true fans support Everton football club (not that other team). I’m also preparing to run (um…jog) my first marathon in 2015.
Stuff You Wouldn't Know
First Job: My first job was working as a presenter at the Blue Planet Aquarium over in the U.K. My role there included dressing up as the aquarium’s mascot – an 8-foot tall, blue and yellow furry shark called Shakey. I even had to learn the Shakey dance – don’t ask.
Most humbling life experience: After moving to New York, I gained a better understanding of the phrase that Britain and America are “two nations separated by a common language”. Even speaking the same language, it was a significant culture shock when I moved here. As a result, I’ve gained a stronger awareness of cultural differences and the impact that they can have on people’s perspectives across all aspects of life.
Random fact: My first trip to the U.S. was to work as a camp counselor at a summer camp in rural Maine, where I taught sailing to the kids. While in Maine, I first discovered the delights of visiting a Wal-mart the size of five football fields that sold EVERYTHING, as well as late night visits to the always-open Denny’s diner. To this day I retain a strong affection for Denny’s and “Moons Over My Hammy”.