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Dave
Samuel

Partner

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Dave is a hustling entrepreneur at heart and has been running businesses since he was a kid.

Dave is the Co-Founder and General Partner at Freestyle. He’s a hustling entrepreneur at heart and has been running businesses since he was a kid. At nine years old, he started his first job, a paper route for Waterville Morning Sentinel newspaper in Maine. From there he went on to found Thriller Designs in 5th grade and Sounds Unlimited, a mobile DJ service, in 6th grade, where he DJ’d for 10yrs. 

After graduating from MIT and working at Oracle for one year, he co-founded Spinner, the 1st internet radio service, in 1995 (acquired by AOL for $320 million in 1999) and Crackle, an internet video platform, in 2004 (acquired by Sony for $65 million in 2006). 

Dave was lucky to combine his startup entrepreneurial experience with venture investing, co-founding Freestyle in 2009. Dave is also very passionate about being “#1 in the #2 business” and is the founding chairman of Brondell, a high-tech toilet seat company, & Toi Labs, a leader in the connected toilet seat market. 

When he is OOO, he enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, being a dad to 5 great kids, and traveling the world with his adventurous wife, Amy.

Dave’s Testimonials

Howie Liu
“You can't ask for better seed investors …they bring to the table excitement for your vision, experience as real founders, and high respect from the investment community. And best of all, with Freestyle, you're more than likely to have fun along the way.”
Howie Liu Founder/CEO, Airtable
Aaron-King-Short
“It's great to have experienced partners at Freestyle, all of whom have their own talents, and all of whom work together to make a great team.”
Aaron King Founder/CEO, SnapDocs
John_Henry_Loop
“Dave has been a personal godsend for me. A best-in-class human, friend, and listener, who also happens to be an exceptional investor. Having Dave's 'people-first' approach on our bench formidably shaped LOOP's early trajectory. He provided counsel when we negotiated our Series A, played nice w/ the new investors that came in, (and with the pain-in-the-ass angels that wanted full pro-rata), and made for an excellent reference when it counted. We couldn't and wouldn't envision a LOOP without Dave and the Freestyle team.”
John Henry Founder/CEO, Loop
Ethan_Bloch
“Freestyle has consistently supported me and Digit through thick and thin from the earliest day to the present. It's been very helpful to have a seed investor who can add value throughout the lifecycle.”
Ethan Bloch Founder/CEO, Digit