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Dave Schappell

Dave focuses on developing the product vision, building the team and making TeachStreet an inspirational place to accomplish great things.

Dave developed his experience creating customer-focused marketplace initiatives at Amazon, JibJab and Unitus. He has deep experience in online marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), affiliate marketing, and high-impact public relations—yes, he spends a LOT of time online. As a Director at Amazon.com from ‘98-‘04, he was a driving force in the emergence of the marketplace platform (used and new product sales by third-party merchants) that grew from 0% to more than 24% of Amazon’s unit sales today.

Prior to joining Amazon, Dave was a CPA and consultant with Arthur Andersen LLP. Dave attended the MBA program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has a BS from the Pennsylvania State University.

Dave’s recently taken a motorcycle safety training class at Evergreen Safety Council in Seattle, WA (motorists in Seattle are very grateful). In the past, he’s taken evening photography classes at Seattle Central Community College and various evening HTML courses at the University of Washington. Dave has a long list of learning experiences he can’t wait to discover on TeachStreet — next is to finally learn some French!

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Company Date Round Size Participants
Skilljar 11/2013Seed$1.1M5
Experiment 6/2013Seed$1.23M22
TeachStreet 5/2009Series A$1.2M6
TeachStreet 3/2008Series A$2.25M11
TeachStreet 1/2007Angel2

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  1. Ex-Amazonians raise $950K for online instruction platform Everpath (geekwire.com) [edit]
  2. Wall Street Journal (blogs.wsj.com) [edit]
  3. TeachStreet Takes In $1.2M (seattlepi.com) [edit]
  4. TeachStreet Emerges To Help You Find The Best Yoga and Cooking Classes (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  5. Dave became an advisor to TeachStreet in spring 2007, and an angel investor in fall 2007. (500hats.com) [edit]
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