David Frankel (entrepreneur)
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David Frankel is Managing Partner and founder of Founder Collective, a seed-stage venture capital fund headquartered in New York City and Cambridge. The fund was co-founded together with Eric Paley (founder of Brontes Technologies) and includes Micah Rosenbloom as NY based partner. Founder Collective counts Uber, Buzzfeed & Makerbot amongst its seed stage portfolio companies. Frankel is the lead investor for Founder Collective in companies such as Coupang and Seatgeek. He previously provided the first term sheet or capital for companies such as OPower (NYSE: OPWR) and Volaris (NYSE: VLRS).
Mr. Frankel was co-founder & CEO of Internet Solutions (IS), the largest ISP and private data carrier in Africa. Frankel served as an Executive Director on the board of London Listed Dimension Data plc which was subsequently acquired by NTT Japan for $3.2bn.
In 2000, Mr. Frankel was voted the South African Technology Achiever of the Century, by the Financial Mail. The World Economic Forum later selected him for the GLT (Global Leader of Tomorrow) program. Frankel is an Electrical Engineer (Wits) and post selection for the Fulbright Scholarship Program earned an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations including Foundation 2000, the King David Schools Foundation and Endeavor South Africa.
Among his investments are:
- OPower (NYSE: OPWR)
- Volaris (NYSE: VLRS)
- Big Think
- Hunch (Sold to eBay)
- New Dawn Satellite (Sold to Intelsat)
- Getmein! (Sold to Ticketmaster)
- Brontes (Sold to 3M)
- SiteAdvisor (Sold to McAfee)
- Context Optional (Sold to Adobe)
- Visual Risk
- South Africa's Greatest Tech Exports
- David Frankel Bio at Founder Collective
- Internet Solutions Turns 20
- David Frankel Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Corner
- Japan's NTT to buy Dimension Data for $3.2 billion
- Founder Collective Makes A $4 Million Bet On Paddle8′s Online Marketplace For Fine Art
- OLO, An Online And Mobile Ordering Platform For Restaurants, Grabs $5 Million In New Funding From PayPal & Others
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