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BirthplaceAbington, PA


University of Pennsylvania, BE 1991
Computer Science Engineering

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David Pakman

After 12 years as an internet entrepreneur, David joined Venrock in 2008 as a Partner and focuses on early stage internet and digital media companies.

Previously, David was the CEO of eMusic, the world’s leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold.

Prior to joining eMusic, David co-founded Myplay in 1999 in Redwood City, CA, which introduced the “digital music locker” and pioneered the locker category. In 2001, Myplay was sold to Bertelsmann’s ecommerce Group.

Before Myplay, he was Vice President at N2K Entertainment, which created the first digital music download service. He also was the co-creator of Apple Computer’s Music Group.

David is a graduate of and a member of the Board of Overseers at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and is an avid musician and songwriter.

He is an active mentor in New York’s TechStars startup accelerator program. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of ITHAKA and holds a board seat with the New York Venture Capital Association.

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David Pakman Penn Engineering Commencement

Added: 4/1/12

Penn Engineering Commencement Part 2

Added: 4/1/12


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