I've been a startup investor since 2004 and a VC since 2008. I've invested in hundreds of entrepreneurs and startups around the world. These days i'm advising and helping other investors and VC funds to understand how Silicon Valley works.
I was the founding partner of 500 Startups, an internet seed fund and startup accelerator in Silicon Valley. We raised >$300M, and invested in thousands of companies in over 50 countries around the world including: Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), SendGrid (NYSE: SEND), Lyft, Credit Karma, Canva, MakerBot, Wildfire, Viki, Mint, SlideShare, Mashery, others.
I've been an engineer and written code. I've been an entrepreneur, founded a company, been acquired. I've done developer and consumer marketing (PayPal, Simply Hired), managed email campaigns, done SEM/SEO. I've been a writer/blogger since 2002, and written hundreds of articles. I've run user groups, events & conferences (for both nerds & normal folks) for 25 years.
I started the early-stage investment program for Founders Fund in 2008, and ran the Facebook fbFund incubator program in 2009. I created the "AARRR" startup metrics for pirates concept and framework. I've given hundreds of talks on startups and tech entrepreneurship. I swear a lot.
Don't be fooled by his colorful rants and common use of the F word. Dave is a very nice person. He's well connected, tells it as it is (which gets him in trouble sometimes), and most importantly, he makes his own decisions so he's often the first investor in a lot of startups.
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Dave is a great investor for any startup! He is fast to decide on investments and easy to work with thought the funding process.
Dave thinks outside the box, invests outside the box. Without him, many atypical startups (e.g. international, minority, single-founders) would've not given a fair shot and gotten funded. He works hard to help you every step of the way! #500strong
Dave has had an extraordinary influence over the person and professional I am today. He's got some of the best instincts I've come across in business and technology. He keeps things very real, open and honest. Very fortunate to have him as an advisor and friend.
Dave is simply one of the best VC's in the world right now. Dave & 500 are changing the world thinks about investing in startups and how venture capital dollars flow. We love having him on our team and are excited to see what he does next.
Dave is the reason I have the confidence to run my business the way I do. He took a chance on me when no one would, and I will forever be grateful for his support and belief in me, my team, and my business. It's a pleasure to be apart of the 500 Network and have Dave on my side. Dave is the guy I will go to for an honest answer, an intelligent discussion, or to chat about business and life over a cold beer.