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David Perry Watkins

Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Co-Founder, President & CEO, ADOPTED, Inc. Co-Founder, Cheief Creative Officer, Caeden, Inc.

Co-Founder, President & CEO, ADOPTED, Inc. Co-Founder, Cheief Creative Officer, Caeden, Inc.

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Caeden, Inc.




Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer Caeden, Inc. July 2014 - present
President | CEO ADOPTED, Inc. July 2012 - present
Director, Global Mobility Skullcandy Inc. May 2011 - July 2012
Director of China Operations Jawbone July 2010 - March 2011
Sr. Director of Product Incase May 2008 - July 2010
Director of RD&D Incase May 2008 - March 2010
Sr. Product Manager, Performance (JanSport) VF Corporation 2004 - 2008


Beijing Language and Culture University Chinese 2000 - 2001
University of California, San Diego Political Science and Government 1995 - 1999
Newport Harbor High School 1993 - 1995
St. Mary's International - Tokyo, Japan 1987 - 1993

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Branding
  • • Software development
  • • Fashion
  • • Android
  • • Direct marketing
  • • Direct sales
  • • Engineering iOS mobile
  • • Social Media
  • • Software Engineering
  • • Software Patents
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Fashion
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Media
  • • Recruiting
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Fitness
  • • Nutrition
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Records
  • • Wellness
  • • Medical Devices
  • • Content
  • • News

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Sal Partovi
They're my school  •  Director of Online and Social Marketing, Appirio. Previously Marketing (CloudSpokes), Appirio. University of California, San Diego grad.
David has two of the best qualities you could ask for in a business partner: wicked smart and highly competitive.
David R. Lever
We worked together  •  Sales Manager - Emerging Brands, Cascade Designs.
David is an innovative thinker with the grit and determination to see a business idea driven into a world class brand.
Aaron Behle
We worked together  •  CEO, SALT. and United States Board of Directors,Treasurer, SurfAid International. University of California, Los Angeles grad.
David is a hardworking operator with a humble demeanor and infectious passion to create something special. David is confident in his direct ... ion yet effortlessly collaborative and open to alternative opinions.
Jenny Soo
They're my friends  •  Owner, China Plate. Previously Hotel Manager, Park Hyatt Melbourne. Cornell grad.
I've know David for 4 years, he is a visionary at creative product development and start ups. He has expertise in management, operations and ... manufacturing to the product development and sales and marketing. David is a competent leader with integrity. "Talented!"
Amish Tolia
They're my friends  •  Co-Founder & Board Member, Brand Accelerator and Founder & Chief of Strategy, Pear (formerly Apparel Media Group).
He's a successful entrepreneur who can be helpful to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Kavita Patel
They're my friends  •  Attorney, Sidley Austin LLP. Previously Volunteer, Non-Profit Incubator.
Exceptional drive, knowledge of the entire product development process, global experience, eye towards design and quality, he makes beautifu ... l products and can sell them!
Dinesh Chand
We worked together  •  Director of Category Management, SB Product Group. Previously Global Products Portfolio Director, Brightstar.
I can honestly say that David is one of the most talented, hard-working and dynamic individuals that I have had the pleasure to work with. W ... ith a unique blend of limitless energy, entrepreneurial endeavor and collaborative working, David is always able to energize and rally disparate teams around for a common vision for his brand; Adopted. He is very approachable, able to cope with multiple projects simultaneously and never failed to impress with his network and industry knowledge. As a peer, David is easy to work with, and he always gave that extra effort to meet deadlines for our projects. He has always worked with a passion for the technology industry; and is able to communicate at all levels and develop close working relationships. I have no hesitation recommending him to any company that wants someone that is committed to drive their business forward with a true entrepreneurial spirit.
Stephen Rodriguez
They're my advisor: other  •  Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations and Managing Partner, Coldon Strategic Advisors. Georgetown grad. Harvard Business School grad.
David has a brilliant sense for crafting what customers want and how to package the product in a way they will find most appealing. He is al ... so a solid judge of employee talent who excels at getting the most out of his team.
Jon Stroud
We worked together  •  Product Developer, The North Face. Previously Product Development Coordinator, The North Face. North Carolina State grad.
I worked with David at JanSport when he was Product Manager for Outdoor and Technical product. He was an invaluable asset to the company in ... new and innovative product management and was able to identify key market opportunities for the brand.
Tyson Andrus
We worked together  •  Marketing Consultant, Start-up Advisor, Investor and Adjunct Professor at Westminster's BVG School of Business
Smart, talented and all around good guy, David has attained a stellar level of success and has much to impart to other entrepreneurs from hi ... s vast experience.
Dennis Morgenstern
They're my school  •  Head of Industry - Travel, Google. Previously Senior Industry Manager Automotive & Finance, Google.
David know's the accessory business inside and out, can design and craft products and has the right relationships to bring products from the ... idea to their final production. He not only has a great eye for opportunity but a relentless drive to make business happen. Anyone will benefit from David's advice when it comes to design, manufacturing and sales.
Nora Levinson
They're my current cofounder  •  President & CEO, Caeden, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer, ADOPTED, Inc.. Stanford grad. Stanford grad.
David has a depth of experience and a broad network of connections across business strategy, design, manufacturing, retail, and innumerable ... other skill sets that are essential to building a successful consumer products brand.
Danny Wright
They're my friends  •  SVP Strategic Partnerships, Stillwell Partners. Previously Head of National Sales, IMVU. Wharton grad.
David is a visionary and down to earth. Being brilliant and approachable are two prerequisite qualities in an advisor. I'm thrilled to have ... met him and watch his business grow.
David Parker
They're my friends  •  CEO, Co-Founder, Vowch Commonwealth. Previously CEO and Founder, Tadcast. Harvard Business School grad.
David is incredibly bright and accomplished. He knows how to create a thriving business and develop incredible products. His network is ex ... tensive. Anyone hoping to succeed in the consumer products or design spaces would benefit greatly from David's advice and assistance.
Stephen Simon
We worked together  •  Vice President, Managing Director, ART OF BOARD + iRIDE iRECYCLE. Previously Merchandising Manager, Americas, Callaway Golf.
David has always had a solid understanding of the needs of the brand he is working with. He provides insightful knowledge that comes from a ... background that includes excellent design, functionality and aesthetics experience.
Jenn Liu
They're my friends  •  Vice President - Brand Management & Marketing, Global Brands Group (A member of the Fung Group).
A remarkable pioneer with an eye for global trends, the technical ability, skills and network to be able develop and market brands and produ ... cts that are functional and fashionable for a worldwide audience. He is able to combine the worlds of design, tech and fashion for everyday living, and that makes him a great advisor.
Martijn van der Valk 範馬丁
They're my advisor: other  •  Chief Executive Officer, MMA Hospitality Consulting and Director, Urban Resort Concepts Ltd..
David is an enthusiastic, professional, dedicated, loyal, very intelligent, quality-driven international entrepreneur who is at the very top ... of his game (with his team) with regards to sourcing, manufacturing, marketing, distributing and selling high end consumer products. His advice and support for the benefit of my own start up has been invaluable.
Steve McMahon
We worked together  •  Director, Category Management, Skullcandy Inc.. Previously Category Manager, Skullcandy Inc.. University of Oregon grad.
David is very detail oriented, process focused and has a passion for product. Anything I have ever seen David work on he succeeds at. Add hi ... s interpersonal skills with his business acumen and you have a recipe for success.
Sam Arellano
We worked together  •  VP, Global Marketing, Globe International Ltd.. Previously Consultant, Arellano Brand Company (ABC.).
David is one of the brightest minds I've had the pleasure of working with. Having lived and worked in Asia for as long as he did, you'd be h ... ard pressed to find another as skilled in manufacturing as he is. If that weren't enough David intuitively understands building brand and has sophisticated eye for style.

David R. Lever
We worked together  •  Sales Manager - Emerging Brands, Cascade Designs.
David is a well connected industry veteran with a keen sense of style and ability to merchandise products to optimize for both brand buildin ... g and sales.

Martijn van der Valk 範馬丁
They're my friends  •  Chief Executive Officer, MMA Hospitality Consulting and Director, Urban Resort Concepts Ltd..
Martijn brings a wealth of experience and incredible network to any project he gets involved with. His work ethic and standard of excellenc ... e drives success in all of his entrepreneurial ventures.