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Dave Berkus

Advisor Greater Los Angeles Area, US

Dave Berkus is a super angel, speaker, author, governance expert.

Dave Berkus is a super angel, speaker, author, governance expert.

4 vouches

Involved In


Computerized Lodging Systems
CLS, Inc.


AuriQ Systems
myShape, Inc.
Eltrax Hospitality (formerly Sulcus Hospitality)
ABL Organization
Multi-Systems Inc
FCS Computer Systems
FCS Computer Systems


President Berkus Tech Ventures, LLC May 1993 - present
Chairman 2011 - present
Chairman Transcepta 2006 - present
Consultant to the Board Multi-Systems Inc 2006 - present
Chairman CPM Systems 1999 - present
Member of the Board AuriQ Systems 1999 - present
Chairman Emeritus Tech Coast Angels 1999 - present
Managing Partner Kodiak Ventures, LP 1999 - present
Board of Trustees Occidental College 1996 - present
Chairman, Advisory Board ABL Organization 1987 - present
Past Chairman LeisureLink 2002 - March 2014
Past Chairman AdventureLink Travel, Inc. August 2011 - January 2014
North American Board Member FCS Computer Systems 2007 - January 2012
Managing Director Trenchant Ventures, LLC 2009 - 2012
Member of the Board MyShape, Inc. 2006 - May 2011
Chairman, Nirvana Technology, Inc. 2004 - 2009
Chairman IP3 Networks, Inc. January 2000 - November 2006
President, Lodging Division; member of the Board Eltrax Hospitality (formerly Sulcus Hospitality) 1996 - 1999
Founder, CEO emeritus Computerized Lodging Systems 1975 - 1993
Founder, CEO CLS, Inc. 1975 - 1993


Occidental College Economics for Business 1958 - 1962

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Markets of Interest
  • • Enterprise Software

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Dave Berkus is acknowledged as one of the most active individual angel investors in the world, having made and actively participated in 139 technology investments during the past decade, achieving an IRR of 97%. Labeled “Super Angel” by Inc. Magazine, Dave currently manages four angel VC funds (Berkus Technology Ventures, LLC, ACE Fund 1, ACE Fund 2, and Kodiak Ventures, L.P.), and is past Chairman of Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest angel networks in the United States. He currently serves as chairman of six of his portfolio companies, and was named “Director of the Year, Early Stage Businesses” by Forum for Corporate Directors for his successful directorship and CEO coaching efforts and Technology Leader of the Year by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Dave was the founder of Computerized Lodging Systems Inc (CLS), which he guided as CEO for over a decade that included two consecutive years on the Inc.500 list of America's fastest growing companies. For his accomplishments in advancing technology in the hospitality industry, in 1998 he was inducted into the Hospitality (HFTP) "International Hall of Fame", one of only thirty-eight so honored worldwide over the years.
Dave is author of “Extending the Runway,” “Basic Berkonomics,”Berkonomics”, “Advanced Berkonomics”, “Get Scrappy,” and eight books in the Small Business Success Series, all books addressing resource and growth issues for early stage businesses. His weekly email and blog together reach over 110,000 readers. Dave travels internationally giving keynotes and workshops to angel investors and entrepreneurs telling stories about entrepreneurs and lessons learned, on trends in technology and building great corporate boards.

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Mark Lieberman
Advisory Council Member, Oregon State University Venture Development Fund.
Dave has helped so many startups with time and great advice. Dave has published a few very good books on entrepreneurship and his blog is al ... ways a great read.
David Ochi
Executive Director, UC Irvine ANTrepreneur Center and Partner, Alpha Sprouts.
Dave has a wealth of experience and knowledge as an early stage investor. More importantly, he is approachable and open to supporting entrep ... reneurs and their ventures. Dave is a diamond in the rough among angel investors.
Mark Politi
MP Public Relations - PR, Licensing and Marketing for Startups, Technology, Entertainment, Product Launches, Company Launches and Brands.
David Saad
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Scoopedia Corporation. McGill grad.
Dave is a veteran entrepreneur, angel investor, author, and public speaker. His experience in the software industry in general and in the h ... ospitality sector in particular is broad and deep.

David Saad
They're my advisor  •  Founder, Chairman & CEO, Scoopedia Corporation. McGill grad.
A known star with previous experience.

Brent Cohen
They're my advisor  •  Seasoned marketing and product-focused executive. 20+ years an entrepreneur. 4 years as China & APAC head for global adtech companies.