David Teten, Partner at ff Venture Capital

David Teten

David Teten

David is Chairman of Harvard Business School Angels New York and Founder and Chairman of Navon Partners, a data and analytics company focused on analyzing private companies.  He was formerly Acting CEO of Vertical Key, a web-based software service for managing large-scale events.

Previously he was 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.  (Circle of Experts was later acquired by Advantus Global.)

David was formerly Founder and CEO of GoldNames, an Israel-based investment bank focusing on the internet domain name asset class.  He worked with Bear Stearns’ Investment Banking division in their technology/defense mergers and acquisitions team, and was a strategy consultant with Mars & Co. David holds a Harvard MBA and a Yale BA, both with honors. While still in college, he built a technology consulting firm with 35 clients.

David is a Mentor with Founder Institute in New York and Singapore, Dreamit Ventures,Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, and NYCSeed.  

He led the first-ever study of best practices of venture capital and private equity funds in originating new deals, published in Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, and the Journal of Private Equity, and many other media. David is the lead author of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online, with Scott Allen.  He wrote a column for Fast Company for several years and periodically contributes to Business Insider and other publications.

David is a frequent keynote speaker to audiences such as technology entrepreneurs (MIT CIO Symposium; NY Software Industry Association; Software Information Industry Association; institutional investors (Kauffman Fellows; Franklin Templeton; Association for Corporate Growth); and senior executives (Vistage; CEO Trust).

He has received the highest ratings of any speaker at three different conferences.  He enjoys parkour, a sport where crossing the chasm is more than a metaphor.

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