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Audience Testimonials

Past audiences have been very generous in their feedback. I’ve also collected some kind words from institutional investors who have seen me present.

I just wanted to thank you so much for a fabulous session! I am blown away about how much insight you were able to include in the webinar without a hurried feel…it was timed perfectly and executed professionally. A total success. Many thanks.

- LeeAnn Mutchler, European Business Development Director, Evisors

David was a great addition to our agenda at Discovery ‘12. His energy, insights and attention to details that are important to our industry brought terrific value to a very captive audience of investors and entrepreneurs. He took the extra steps to review local challenges and chose relevant case studies, statistics and recommendations to drive solutions and concepts to help move innovation forward. We highly recommend David’s expertise and solutions driven-approach.

- Anne Wettlaufer, Vice-President, Marketing and Communications, Ontario Centres of Excellence

David Teten’s advice is practical, scrappy, and cuts through the BS. He has a knack for understanding how to hack the system. Highly recommended.

- Trevor Owens, CEO, Lean Startup Machine

Thank you very much for returning to the Executive Forum and speaking on ‘How to Win Consulting, Board, and Executive Roles with Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Companies‘. The members rated the session extremely high, as “Very Valuable”. We were also pleased to see a record turnout from our alumni membership, due to their interest in hearing you speak on this topic.

- Judy Miszner, Board Member, Executive Forum; formerly General Manager, HedgeWorld; Publisher, The Village Voice

I have received only very positive feedback from David’s presentation to the Englewood Business Forum. There were many useful ideas, and some of my friends in the audience have already applied these principles to their business successfully. It was a well-conceived and well-received presentation, and we are very grateful for his contribution.

- Jeremy J. Fingerman, CEO, Foundation for Jewish Camp; formerly President, US Soup Division at Campbell Soup Company

David’s presentation to our group was extremely well received by all who attended. His presence and topic attracted a large audience. I wish I had the value of this knowledge since the beginning of my career.

- Michael Benjamin, Board Member, The Executive Forum, formerly, SVP and CFO of Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG)

David Teten is one of the most prepared and comprehensive speakers I have heard in many years. I feel very fortunate that he was able to speak to the International Executives Resource Group on obtaining consulting, board and executive roles with Private Equity and Venture Capital firms. His talk was engaging, information-packed and the best attended of any chapter meeting I have attended in my 4 years with the organization. He also provided us with some clear next steps on how we could use the ideas he presented. All in all, David exceeded my already high expectations. Thank you, David!

- Young Mi Park, International Executives Resource Group; formerly Country Manager, Levi-Strauss Korea; Vice President, Sesame Workshop; Vice President, Reader’s Digest

David’s presentation to the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Club of New York was very well received. We got a tremendous amount of positive feedback from the attendees and we would would love to have him back again.

- Jim Penny, Heidrick & Struggles International/University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Club of New York

David’s ‘How Operating CEO’s Can Work With Private Equity‘ kept 60 CEO’s riveted to their seats at last night’s New York Chapter CEO Trust meeting (sponsored by Castle Harlan). Not an easy audience to keep put for a full hour. He could have easily gone another two hours. Best speaker we’ve had since the Chapter began. I welcome reference calls: (201) 806-3110.

- Mike Lorelli, CEO, WaterJel Technologies

Many thanks for keynoting our first-ever CFO Leadership Team alumni event. Your inspiring and insightful presentation was key in making this event a success. You opened up a whole new world that we had not explored. We particularly appreciated the fact that you could speak the language of a CFO audience.

- Andreas Rothe, formerly CFO, Hapag-Lloyd; Co-Chairman, CFO Leadership Team (organization for CFOs of mid-market and public companies)

David Teten’s program, “Working with Private Equity” was exceptional. David put together a tailored program specifically for our CEOs and delivered it well. David has brilliant insight and knowledge of the virtual space. Every attendee said they learned something.”

- Theresa Boyce, Chair, CEO Trust

David Teten is a consummate professional in every respect. From our initial contact, to his tailoring a talk to our audience (the Columbia Business School Alumni of the Bay Area) to prepping all the materials we might need to promote the event (which was a sellout on the strength of those materials), to the content and delivery of his speech, and finally to the Q&A at the end. He engaged the audience, made us part of his presentation, delivered substantial content, and gave us all new ideas and insights to take home and apply immediately. David is a tour du force. Thank you for gracing us. We look forward to having you back whenever the opportunity arises.

- Colin Johnson, Co-President, Columbia Business School Alumni Club of the Bay Area

David Teten represented the “Young Turks” of high tech business development in a NYSIA program, “The Great Sales Debate of 2006″, and did an outstanding job. In particular, his unique insights into the new sales and marketing techniques, including blogging, social software, ultra-niche marketing, and unusual networking techniques added an extra dimension to the panel. Even the most experienced panelist commented that David had a few tricks up his sleeve that he had not seen before.

- Bruce E. Bernstein, President, New York Software Industry Association

David’s presentation as part of our panel discussion on “Social Software and Online Social Networks” was thrilling. The audience stayed well after the conference was finished, asking David more questions and wanting to learn even more. He covered a large body of knowledge and expertise, and provided many useful insights and tips. The feedback was uniformly extremely positive, and it definitely helped get our members excited about the business opportunities in social software.

- Oren Rossen, co-founder, Huminity, and Treasurer, MIT Enterprise Forum (Israeli Chapter)

David headlined an event we organized for the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York on best practices for sourcing private equity proprietary deal flow. The program generated a lot of interest from our members and we sold out our venue. David’s presentation was informative and entertaining, with a good interactive dialog with and participation from our audience. We got lots of positive feedback, and several attendees commented that they got some great ideas they could immediately put into action. David is now in our stable of speakers and we hope to do another event with him in the future.

Frank Graziano and Eugene Kenny, Co-Chairmen, Private Equity Committee, Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York

The International Radio & Television Society Foundation’s recent panel discussion on “Marketing and Media Opportunities in Social Networking and Online Communities” benefited greatly from David Teten’s participation. His expertise was invaluable to our event not only during the actual seminar but during the crucial preparation and development phase. He even generously produced and contributed a helpful information sheet for the audience. The end result was a very successful event.

- Jim Cronin, Director, Member Programs & Development, International Radio & Television Society Foundation

Over 150 people showed up last night [to David Teten’s speech]. Frankly, it was one of the more inspiring and helpful presentations that I’ve had the privilege of hosting! His presentation will have an impact on your future. If you are not aware of the subject matter that he covers, you are missing the boat in your personal and business life!

- Richard W. Taylor, Partner, Stanwich Partners (private investment company); President & CEO, Taylor-Rodgers & Associates (executive recruiter)

Our seminar yesterday was a great success. Much thanks to your kind participation and excellent presentation. Everyone was very much impressed with the program and the feedback has been overwhelming positive. We are already talking about making this into an annual event.

- Renee Lundholm, President, The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

On behalf of TiE Tri-State (“The IndUS Entrepreneurs”), we want to thank you for being the inaugural speaker at our first TiE Institute event! The response and the feedback was phenomenal, and the large audience size indicates a strong interest in [your] topic.

- Sameer Mittal and Radhika Rajan, TiE Tri-State Executive Committee

Thanks so much for coming to the Princeton alumni event and being such an inspiring speaker. You did a great job, and I felt I learned a lot from you.

- Tina Ravitz, former COO of Versaware; former Vice President, Viacom and Newsweek

The Wharton MBAs truly needed to hear David’s presentation, which was one of the most useful career workshops they have seen this year. The students particularly enjoyed the role-playing exercises and David’s energetic, interactive approach. We look forward to him returning soon!

- Valerie Sutton, Assistant Director, Wharton MBA Career Management Team

David Teten hits every mark in his presentation, and he hits them crisply and in an upbeat, entertaining fashion. Why, if he had been a little taller and a lot less self-effacing, I would have thought I was listening to myself!

- Ronald D. Coleman, Attorney; Leader, Princeton Alumni Council / Careers Committee, New York Networking Program

David, I want to thank you for giving such a dynamic, enthusiastic and informative presentation for the New York Society of Security Analysts. I have received a plethora of e-mails from our members thanking us for hosting the event. We could have easily extended the question and answer period by another 45 minutes due to the turnout and the high level of interest in the topic. I consider your website as one of the premier job sites on the Internet due to the extensive quantity and quality of resources.

- Paul Bienstock CFA, NYSSA Career Chat Committee, Vice President/Senior Equity Analyst at NLI International

David Teten provided our members with excellent advice on creation and maintenance of deal flow. Firms are constantly trying to come up with new strategies for origination, but David’s lecture covered the landscape and highlighted important nuance.

- Bruce Crawford, New York Chairman, Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG)

The Marketing Executives Networking Group has been fortunate to hear the best career development speakers in New York. David, we are so happy that you are now one of them. You are a gifted presenter with a style very appealing to senior executives; and have generously shared an exceptional compilation of materials that our members can use for life. Many complimentary calls and emails poured in following your presentation. We welcome you back to expand our horizons anytime.

- Karen Hochman, Chair, NYC Chapter, Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG)

Having done many similar events during both corporate and consulting lives, I know that the ease with which the presentation flows very much belies the preparation that preceded it. That you have much experience in this regard I obviously knew, but even absent that knowledge, it clearly shows. Professionals always make the difficult look easy.
I think your pragmatic and practical approach was on target and certainly appreciated by your audience. That’s another mark of very effective speakers; they have a special way of translating complex issues to their audience in lay terms.
In any case, I just wanted to let you know on behalf of ExecuNet in general, and certainly myself on a personal level, how much we appreciated your participation. Your willingness to share your insights with the group were helpful, very interesting, and offered in a supportive yet professional fashion. You represent both your firm and yourself very well indeed, but I am sure you have heard all that before.

- David B. Opton, CEO and Founder, ExecuNet

One of the very best seminars I’ve ever attended on the job search. An outstanding, comprehensive review of the important elements and “how to’s” of targeted relationship building. Covered all the bases…and hit a HOME RUN!!!

- Fred Feuerhake, SVP/Managing Director, Goodrich & Sherwood

Thank you again for coming to Columbia Business School to share tips on “How to Accelerate Your Job Search”. Your fast paced presentation … was delivered in a clear, confident, and crisp manner. The program was made particularly relevant to student attendees because you paused several times to relate to MBAs in the audience, take questions and respond to the topics raised as well as to interject some personal stories and a bit of humor. It was apparent that everyone was awed by your mastery of internet relationship building techniques.

- Judy Kostin, Senior Associate Director, Columbia Business School MBA Career Services