David Teten is a Partner with ff Venture Capital. ffVC has made 245 investments in 76 companies since 2008. 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. While still in college, he started and ran a computer consulting group with over 35 clients.
David is currently co-leading the first study on “how to disrupt the investing industry.” He led the first-ever study of best practices of venture capital and private equity funds in originating new deals (#1 all time most-read study in the Journal of Private Equity) and the first-ever study of VCs in creating portfolio company value. He has published in Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, and other leading publications.
David is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, the largest angel group on the East Coast, and cofounder of the Venture Capital Access Program, which helps women and minority entrepreneurs raise venture capital from members of the HBS Alumni Angels network. David is a frequent keynote speaker to audiences such as technology entrepreneurs, senior executives, and institutional investors. He 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.