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Dave Sifry

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Multiple startup founder incl. Technorati, Linuxcare, and Offbeat Guides. Startup advisor incl. Merchant Atlas, Alynd, Engajer, and others

Multiple startup founder incl. Technorati, Linuxcare, and Offbeat Guides. Startup advisor incl. Merchant Atlas, Alynd, Engajer, and others

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following
10 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Full Stack Engineering
  • Fundraising
  • Product
I have an idea I'm commited to
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Fundraising
  • • Product

Involved In

Founder

Technorati
Stealth Mode Startup
Offbeat Guides
Technorati
Sputnik, Inc.
Linuxcare

Advisor

Causes
Engajer
Merchant Atlas
Alynd
Highway1
Xola
Mozilla Messaging
Causes

Positions

Head of Product Addapp Corp July 2015 - present
Advisor Engajer November 2013 - present
Advisor Merchant Atlas 2013 - present
Advisor Alynd 2013 - present
Mentor Highway1 2013 - present
Founder and Board Director Technorati November 2002 - present
VP Product and Engineering Handle, Inc December 2014 - March 2015
VP Engineering Handle, Inc December 2013 - December 2014
Founder Stealth Mode Startup March 2013 - December 2013
Advisor / Mentor Xola 2011 - 2013
Advisor Mozilla Messaging 2010 - 2012
Founder and CEO Offbeat Guides 2007 - 2012
Advisor Causes April 2010 - 2011
Founder and CEO Technorati November 2002 - August 2007
Founder and CTO Sputnik, Inc. April 2001 - May 2003
Founder and CTO Linuxcare August 1998 - March 2001
Software Engineer Mitsubishi Electric 1991 - 1994

Education

The Johns Hopkins University Computer Science 1986 - 1991

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Mobile Engineering
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Building a team
  • • Getting things done
  • • Smelling bullshit a mile away
Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Financial Services
  • • Games
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Photos
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Sports
  • • Travel
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Fitness
  • • Nutrition
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Wellness

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Engineering • Fundraising • Product management • Selling • Been There • Done it

Key Accomplishments

I'm a serial entrepreneur and founder, product guy and nerd. I've built 6 companies and made tons of mistakes. Had some successes, worked with some great people, and brought a can-do attitude to everything that I've participated in. I have raised over $100M in capital, grown companies from zero to almost 500 employees, and built and launched products that have touched tens of millions of people's lives on a regular basis. I love startups, and I love building things, and I love working with people who love startups and building things.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I like working with people who are smart, focused, and energetic, and can constantly see the opportunity hidden in what other people call difficulty.

As an Advisor

Ideally, you should do your homework. Know what you don't know so that you can ask for help, advice, or connections more effectively. Also, I believe in Pay It Forward - be prepared to give back to others whatever skills you have, and help newcomers learn the ropes.

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Ross Dawson
They're my friends
Dave has an awesome track record. No doubt this is because he has a sophisticated understanding of the digital landscape and emerging opport ... unities, and the experience to be able to execute well to seize those opportunities.
Antonio Vitti
We worked together
Dave has always been a great confidant and someone who has the ability to clearly understand and simplify complex team dynamics across all p ... hases of the start up life cycle. He has the experience to know what he is talking about and can provide start up founders like myself a clear road map of what is next for them and how to engage opportunities and challenges that are ahead. He is also and all around really nice and genuine person that really cares and invests his time generously with people.
Rick Smolan
We worked together
Dave has a great ability to not only come up with new concepts but the drive and ability to bring them to life. He's also one of the most g ... enerous and fun people I've had the pleasure to work with.
Jerry Michalski
They're my friends
Dave has an eye for market opportunities, the adventurous spirit to experiment with them and the patience to execute the way to what works.
Peter Kaminski
They're my friends  •  Technical+product co-founder in networks and social collaboration. Serial entrepreneur. Friendly, helpful, super smart about lots of things.
Dave is smart, friendly, and tenacious. He's able to execute super swiftly, analyze and work through complicated morasses, tough when he ne ... eds to be, and always warm and engaging. Dave is a perfect startup partner.
Clint Chao
We worked together
Dave & I served on a company board together - he was brought in precisely due to his prior success as an entrepreneur. He brought to the tab ... le an immense amount of creative energy and problem-solving initiative towards helping our entrepreneurs. Many times board members give advice that doesn't incorporate context with a company's current situation, but I sensed that Dave was able to glean a great deal of insight on company issues due to his own entrepreneurial background, as he understands that input must be realistic and actionable. As such, Dave seems to be able to get to the root of an issue very quickly and effectively able to bring a group directly into problem-solving mode. He is very persuasive and credible, and I believe these traits will help him go far as an entrepreneur.
Auren Hoffman
They're my friends
Dave is smart and technical. He also has a very strong international network.
Kim Polese
They're my advisor
Dave is creative and resourceful and passionate about building groundbreaking startups. He envisions the future and knows how to translate b ... ig ideas into innovative products.
Kim Polese
They're my advisor
Dave is creative and resourceful and passionate about building groundbreaking startups. He envisions the future and knows how to translate b ... ig ideas into innovative products.
JD Lasica
They're my friends  •  Co-founder of Cruiseable, where we're bringing disruptive innovation to cruises. Business strategist. More: https://angel.co/jdlasica
Dave's proven himself as a visionary founder a few times over now. I've known Dave for years and consider his counsel and experience among t ... he most valuable in the tech sector.

Ross Dawson
They're my friends
Ross is a brilliant visionary, and is always thinking about where the world is heading, and then experimenting and building things that will ... get us there.

Peter Kaminski
They're my friends  •  Technical+product co-founder in networks and social collaboration. Serial entrepreneur. Friendly, helpful, super smart about lots of things.
pete is not only one of the smartest people that I know,but he also has that extremely hard to find quality - he gets things done. On top of ... that, he is a real mensch, a good human being.

Chris Heuer
They're my advisor  •  Futurist, serial entrepreneur & imagineer seeking to make the future a reality today. Former Global Chairman of Social Media Club. xDeloitte
Chris exudes passion for his vision of changing the way people work, and he has the wonderful ability to infect you with it!

Yat Siu

Yat will make an awesome advisor.

Valdis Krebs

Valdis will make an awesome advisor.

Ryan McIntyre

Ryan will make an awesome advisor.

Ross Dawson

Ross will make an awesome advisor.

Bernard Moon

Bernard will make an awesome advisor.

Antonio Vitti

Antonio will make an awesome advisor.

Bowen Dwelle

Bowen will make an awesome advisor.

Rafe Needleman

Rafe will make an awesome advisor.

Dave Winer

Dave will make an awesome advisor.

Caterina Fake

Caterina will make an awesome advisor.

Bryan Clark
We worked together  •  Firefox Product Manager, Mozilla. Previously Services User Experience Lead, Mozilla Corporation.
He's kind, helpful, insightful, and exceptionally bright - always looking at the end-to-end experience, and how to make things better for ev ... eryone involved. He's a brilliant designer and very thoughtful.

Norm Nielsen
They're my friends  •  Founder, ResponseMill. Previously Director, Platform Sales, Apsalar, Inc.
Norm is a bright, dedicated entrepreneur with a ton of skills and savvy.