Dave Berkus is an early stage venture capitalist with a hands-on background in technology. An entrepreneur for over fifty years, he formed and managed successful businesses in the entertainment and software arenas, and is a respected technology industry leader and spokesperson. He is a much-in-demand keynote speaker throughout the world, addressing technology trends for corporate planning, building great companies, and sharing great, epic stories about entrepreneurism from his vast personal experience.
As Managing Partner of Kodiak Ventures, L.P. and Berkus Technology Ventures, LLC, both private equity investment funds - and Chairman- Emeritus of the Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest angel investing networks in the United States, today Dave is board chairman or board member of ten technologycompanies. Active as investor or board member in a total of over ninety early stage companies since 1993, he was recognized as "Director of the Year - Early Stage Businesses" by the Forum for Corporate Directors of Orange County, California, and as "Technology Leader of the Year" by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and as "Businessperson of the Year" by his alma mater, Occidental College.
Dave was an early pioneer in the mini-computer industry, guiding the company he founded, Computerized Lodging Systems, Inc., through a decade of spectacular growth, including two consecutive years on the Inc.500 list of America's fastest growing companies. He was recognized for these pioneering achievements with his induction into the Hospitality (HFTP) "International Hall of Fame" - one of thirty people so named worldwide over the years.
Listed in Marquis' "Who's Who In America" and "Who's Who In The World", Dave is co-author of "Better Than Money!”, author of "Extending the Runway," "Basic Berkonomics," "Berkonomics," "Advanced Berkonomics", and the Small Business Success Collection of eight mini-books, all books for entrepreneurs, managers and boards of directors, offering insights from Dave's many years as a successful entrepreneur, investor and board member. His weekly emails and blog are read by over 40,000 people, and republished and linked by many bloggers worldwide.
Dave serves as Past President and present Board Member of the San Gabriel Valley Council, Boy Scouts Of America, is a past vice president of the Western Region, BSA, and is Chairman of the Advisory Board of ABL-Technology, a networking organization of CEO's in high tech businesses. A graduate of Occidental College, Dave is currently a Trustee of the College.
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