David Teten is a Partner with ff Venture Capital, one of the best performing seed- and early-stage venture capital firms in the U.S. He has particular interest in fintech, technology-enabled services, analytics, artificial intelligence, sales/recruiting technology, SaaS, and international startups. Since 2008, ffVC has invested in over 90 companies and has helped to create companies with aggregate market value exceeding $4 billion. David served or serves on the boards of Ionic, Signup, Whisk (sold to Deem), Authorea, and Earnest Research. He previously has advised clients such as Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group, Icahn Enterprises, LLR Partners ($1.4b fund), Birch Hill Equity Partners (C$2B fund), and other institutional investors.
David was formerly Founder of Navon Partners, a software startup which identified private companies for investment using public data sources, and Acting CEO of Vertical Key, a SaaS business for managing large-scale events. He was previously a Managing Director with Evalueserve, a 2,500-person global research and analytics company, and Founder and CEO of Circle of Experts, an investment research firm acquired by Evalueserve. David was formerly Founder and CEO of GoldNames, an Israel-based investment bank in the internet domain name asset class. He worked with Bear Stearns’ Investment Banking division in their technology/defense mergers and acquisitions team. David holds a Harvard MBA and a Yale BA, both with honors.
David publishes research periodically at teten.com. He is co-founder of PEVCTech, an online community focused on helping PE and VC funds make better investments through technology. David has led or co-led studies on innovation in the investing industry (an independent project not affiliated with ffVC); on how investors originate investments in private companies (#1 all time most-read study in the Journal of Private Equity); and on how VCs create portfolio company value.
David is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, the largest angel group on the East Coast. David grew up in Marin County, Northern California, and learned to program on an Atari 800. He trains in parkour and bodyweight exercises. He speaks passable French and Hebrew but has completely lost the Portuguese he learned while working in Brazil.