David Frankel (entrepreneur)

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David A Frankel
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Born (1970-11-26) November 26, 1970 (age 45)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Residence Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, US
Alma mater Harvard University, University of the Witwatersrand
Occupation Managing Partner of Founder Collective
Years active 1993–present

David Frankel is Managing Partner and founder of Founder Collective, a seed-stage venture capital fund headquartered in New York and Boston. The fund was co-founded together with Eric Paley (founder of Brontes Technologies) and includes Micah Rosenbloom as NY based partner.[1] Founder Collective counts Uber,[2] Buzzfeed & Makerbot amongst its seed stage portfolio companies.[3] Frankel is the lead investor for Founder Collective in companies such as Coupang,[4] Seatgeek.[5] and Pillpack.[6] 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.[7] David has served on the board of directors of Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) since 2007.

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 in Davos, Switzerland. Frankel is an Electrical Engineer (Wits) and post selection for the Fulbright Scholarship Program earned an MBA,[8] with distinction, from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations including The Rashi School in Boston, Foundation 2000, the King David Schools Foundation and Endeavor South Africa.

Among his investments are:


  1. ^ http://www.newsweek.com/angel-investors-are-going-where-vcs-fear-tread-69859
  2. ^ http://fortune.com/2014/06/05/meet-the-uber-rich/
  3. ^ http://fortune.com/2014/02/03/scott-belsky-founder-of-behance-joins-founder-collective/
  4. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/28/sequoia-backs-coupang-koreas-answer-to-amazon-with-100-million/
  5. ^ https://seatgeek.com/press/seatgeek-raises-35-million-from-accel
  6. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pillpack-raises-50-million-to-build-retail-footprint-and-accelerate-growth-300091988.html
  7. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/07/15/us-dimension-data-ntt-idUSTRE66E0SH20100715
  8. ^ https://entrepreneurship.hbs.edu/showcase/Pages/profile.aspx?num=62
  9. ^ http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanmac/2014/12/10/coupang-raises-300-million-to-fill-amazon-sized-void-in-south-korea/
  10. ^ http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2015/04/02/seatgeek-scores-62-million-for-its-ticket-selling-app/
  11. ^ http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahhedgecock/2015/04/15/this-pharmacy-startup-wants-to-change-the-way-you-take-your-medicine/
  12. ^ http://fortune.com/2015/06/03/ibm-buys-blue-box/
  13. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/08/founder-collective-makes-a-4-million-bet-on-paddle8s-online-marketplace-for-fine-art/
  14. ^ http://blog.olo.com/2015/06/olos-10th-birthday/
  15. ^ http://investors.intelsat.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=131114&p=irol-newsArticle_Print&ID=1696970
  16. ^ http://www.computerworld.com/article/2562060/security0/mcafee-buys-siteadvisor.html
  17. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2011/11/30/adobe-acquires-efficient-frontier-to-boost-its-digital-marketing-solutions/
  18. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/27/visa-announces-acquisition-of-trialpay-to-expand-its-offers-platform/#.njdlay:2jCy

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