David is the CTO and a Founding Advisor at Freestyle. Dave has been in love with computers since he started coding at age six on his father’s college mainframe. That love led to over 25 years in technology leadership across a diverse array of startups and companies, including ExactTarget (acquired by Salesforce for $2.5B) and Virta Health ($2B valuation). David worked with Dave Samuel and Josh Felser way back in 1997 to build Spinner (acquired by AOL for $320MM), and considers that one of the best startup experiences of his life. David served as an advisor for Dave and Josh’s next company, Grouper, so joining Freestyle as Founding Advisor and CTO came naturally.
David holds 60 software patents, a PhD in foosball, and has a knack for hacking his home automation systems. He loves mentoring early-career technology leaders and giving back to the startup ecosystem where he himself found success. Whenever David gets a chance, he travels to isolated destinations for distraction-free thinking about the future of tech, humanity, and life itself.