Dave is a software industry veteran with 20+ years of start-up experience, who has helped define new markets across a wide range of Internet and enterprise software sectors. Dave was the Co-Founder and CEO of social media tools pioneer Pluck, before its successful sale to Demand Media in 2008. Since then, he has served in a variety of executive roles at Demand including CMO during the company's IPO, Chief Strategy Officer and currently as EVP, Emerging Markets. He is also currently on the Board of Directors for Mass Relevance and the Nicaragua Resource Network. Previously, he co-founded or held senior executive roles in a number of innovative Internet start-ups and was a Venture Partner with Austin Ventures. Dave holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University.
Pluck is developing the next generation of Internet search, information presentation, and personalized content syndication. It provides a Web Information Management Application that integrates multiple web productivity tools to simplify and improve how users consume, control and create web information. Pluck's publishing paradigm uses a hosted web server that allows consolidation of information into a single interface.