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Johns Hopkins University, B.S. 1988
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Dave McClure

Dave McClure is a venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally invest in startups foolish enough to let him.

He has been an investor in over 250 companies including, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, SendGrid, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Mashery, CreditKarma, KISSmetrics, and MakerBot, among others.

Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twilio,, Simply Hired, O’Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft. Years ago he used to do real work like coding or marketing or running conferences, but these days he mostly does useless stuff like sending lots of email, blogging, and hanging out on Facebook and Twitter.

Dave also likes to play ultimate frisbee when his knees don’t hurt.

Dave McClure is a venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund & incubator program headquartered in Mountain View, CA. Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years as a software developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor & investor, blogger, and internet marketing nerd.

Dave’s passion is helping startups with product & marketing strategy, and he is regular speaker on technology & entrpreneurship topics such as startup metrics. He has invested in over 250 startup companies including: (acquired by Intuit), CreditKarma, MakerBot, Mashery, Sendgrid, Simply Hired, SlideShare, TeachStreet (acquired by Amazon), Twilio, TaskRabbit, and Wildfire Interactive, among others. He also runs conferences and events on technology, marketing, design, & entrepreneurship such as SMASHsummit & WarmGun.

From 2008 thru 2010, Dave managed the FF Angel seed investment program for Founders Fund, and ran the 2009 fbFund REV incubator program on behalf of Facebook, Accel Partners, & Founders Fund.

From 2006 thru 2008 Dave was an advisor and consultant to several startups including; co-chaired technology & startup conferences for O’Reilly Media; and helped teach the nation’s first-ever class on Facebook and social networking platforms at Stanford University in 2007.

From 2005 thru 2006 Dave ran marketing for job search engine Simply Hired. From 2001 thru 2004, Dave was Director of Marketing at PayPal (acquired by eBay in 2002), where he started the PayPal Developer Network program. Prior to PayPal, Dave was a database consultant & programmer for several companies, including Microsoft and Intel. In 1994 he founded Aslan Computing, an internet & e-commerce consulting group later acquired by Servinet / Panurgy in 1998.

Dave is the co-founder of Startup2Startup, a regular get-together for Silicon Valley startup entrepreneurs & investors. He leads a travel group called GeeksOnaPlane to promote cultural exchange & education for tech entrepreneurs around the world. Dave helped co-found the StartupVisa program to reform & improve US immigration policy for entrepreneurs. He has been a boardmember for microfinance accelerator Unitus and advisor to microfinance lender Kiva, education lender Vittana, remote work platform SamaSource, & co-founder of the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network.

Before coming to Silicon Valley, Dave barely graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a BS Engineering in Mathematical Sciences and a minor in frisbee, billiards, & foosball.

His interests include microfinance and economic innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital, ultimate frisbee, cartoons and animation, and an ever-growing collection of funny-looking hats.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
ViralGains 3/2014Seed$1.2M15
Goldbely 9/2013Seed$3M7
Partender 9/2013Seed$50k9
Pogoseat 9/2013Seed$750k16
HAUL 9/2013Angel$750k5
Social Tables 7/2013Seed$1M7
Stormpulse 7/2013Seed$2.1M4
Mattermark 7/2013Seed$400k13
ERPLY 5/2013Series B$2.15M4
School Admissions 4/2013Seed$50k2
Virool 2/2013Seed$6.62M22
InternMatch 1/2013Venture Round$1.2M3
42Floors 11/2012Series A$5M8
Nuzzel 11/2012Venture Round$1.7M9
Pick1 9/2012Seed$1M4
Loku 9/2012Seed$2.1M11
Happy Inspector 7/2012Seed$895k2
Behance 5/2012Series A$6.5M9
Farmeron 5/2012Seed$1.4M8
DailyWorth 1/2012Angel$2M6
ecomom 12/2011Series A$4M19
CoderBuddy 10/2011Seed6
Mocavo 9/2011Venture Round$1M7
Farmeron 9/2011Seed1
IMRSV 9/2011Debt$810k10
Rentlord 9/2011Seed2
Habit Labs 8/2011Angel$250k6
Manpacks 8/2011Angel$500k13
ToutApp 5/2011Seed$350k9
BizeeBee 4/2011Seed$435k8
Chirply 4/2011Seed$1.1M18
Road Hero 4/2011Seed$300k2
Moonfruit 3/2011Angel1
SimpleHoney 2/2011Seed8
InternMatch 2/2011Angel$400k3
Rewardli 1/2011Seed$100k2
TextualAds 12/2010Seed$650k6
Zappli 11/2010Seed$500k5
Wander (f. YongoPal) 10/2010Angel$100k2
Formative Labs 10/2010Angel5
64 Pixels 10/2010Angel$100k1
ecomom 9/2010Angel$1.1M26
Textingly 8/2010Seed$650k3
Recurly 7/2010Seed$1.6M7
AwayFind 4/2010Angel1
Crocodoc 4/2010Angel6
Worldly Developments 3/2010Seed$800k14
SiteJabber 3/2010Seed2
Postling 3/2010Angel$350k8
Linkdex 2/2010Angel1
oneforty 1/2010Series A$1.98M9
Graphicly 1/2010Series A$1.2M8
Gengo 1/2010Angel1
WePay 12/2009Series A$1.65M5
Twilio 1/2009Seed$1M9
Mashery 10/2008Series B$7M8
Space Pencil 6/2008Seed$1M3
Mill River Labs 1/2008Angel$900k4
EventVue 9/2007Series A$440k8 4/2007Series A$4.7M6
TeachStreet 1/2007Angel2
Mashery 1/2007Angel6
Simply Hired 8/2005Series A$3M7



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  6. Social Tables Seating Arrangement Software Lands $1.6M Equity Round Led By Militello Capital ( [edit]
  7. Stormpulse Raises $2.1M in Funding ( [edit]
  8. Backed By NEA And Andreessen Horowitz, Mattermark (Formerly Referly) Wants To Be The Data Signaling Platform For VCs ( [edit]
  9. Erply Raises $2.15 Million Series B Led By Redpoint For iPad-Oriented Retail Software Tech ( [edit]
  10. 500 Startups’ sixth batch of companies is chock-full of international flavor ( [edit]
  11. YC-Backed Virool Raises $6.62 Million “Seed” Round To Help Make Videos Go Viral ( [edit]
  12. InternMatch Raises $1.2 Million To Expand Beyond Internships To Include Paying Jobs, Is Thinking About Rebranding ( [edit]
  13. 42Floors Raises $5M From Dave McClure, Alexis Ohanian, Others, Expands Office Search Site To New York ( [edit]
  14. Nuzzel Raises $1.7M in Funding ( [edit]
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  18. After 5 Years Of Bootstrapping, Behance Nabs $6.5M From USV, Jeff Bezos, Dave Morin & More ( [edit]
  19. Farmeron raises $1.4M to bring cloud services to farmers ( [edit]
  20. DailyWorth Grabs $2 Million To Bring Quality Financial Advice To Women — Via The Inbox ( [edit]
  21. Health Conscious Mom Commerce Site Ecomom Raises A Healthy $4 Million ( [edit]
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  23. Mocavo Raises $1 Million To Build Its Ancestry-Centric Search Engine ( [edit]
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  25. Inspired By "Minority Report," Immersive Labs Raises $810K For Digital Display Recognition ( [edit]
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  27. Habit Labs Gets $250K To Turn Leading A Healthier Life Into A Game ( [edit]
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  29. ToutApp Raises Seed Round from Esther Dyson, Dave McClure, Eric Ries and others. ( [edit]
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  31. Crowd-Sourced Design Startup Chirply Raises $1.1 Million, Launches Redesign ( [edit]
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  33. 500 Startups Bites Into Moonfruit's Simple Site Builder For Design Fans ( [edit]
  34. Cheezburger Creator Launches SimpleHoney To Find Hotels You’ll Love ( [edit]
  35. InternMatch Raises $400K To Help Students Find The Perfect Internship ( [edit]
  36. 500 Startups accelerator launch ( [edit]
  37. TextualAds Raises $650K For Facebook-Fueled, Targeted SMS Campaigns ( [edit]
  38. Zappli Raising Seed Round For Shopping App MyShopanion ( [edit]
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  51. Oneforty Rolls Out Premium Twitter App Marketplace; Raises $1.9 Million ( [edit]
  52. Raises $1.2M For Comic Publishing ( [edit]
  53. MyGengo Is Mechanical Turk For Translations ( [edit]
  54. WePay raises $1.65M for Virtual Group Banking ( [edit]
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