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Dave Hersh

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Co-founder/CEO at RipFog, Founding CEO of Jive (took to pre-IPO), Board Partner at a16z, co-founder and board member at Crushpath.

Co-founder/CEO at RipFog, Founding CEO of Jive (took to pre-IPO), Board Partner at a16z, co-founder and board member at Crushpath.

4 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing

Involved In


RipFog, Inc.


Andreessen Horowitz
Jive Software
Steelwedge Software, Inc.


Boardmember Steelwedge September 2011 - present
Co-Founder & Boardmember Crushpath January 2011 - present
Co-Founder and CEO RipFog, Inc. June 2014 - June 2015
Board Member WildAid November 2011 - May 2015
Board Partner Andreessen Horowitz August 2012 - October 2014
Chairman of the Board Jive Software March 2010 - March 2011
CEO Jive Software September 2001 - March 2010
CFO 1999 - 2000
Management Consultant VIA International 1994 - 1999


DePauw University Economics September 1990 - May 1994

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • CRM
  • • Collaboration
  • • Vertical Software

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Social business • Entrepreneur • Entrepreneurship • Startups • Knowledge Management

Key Accomplishments

Dave is a Board Partner at Andreesen Horowitz and is working on his next startup. He blogs at Dave was the Founding CEO of Jive Software, where he grew the company from a small open source project to a $60M pre-IPO company. He was then Chairman in advance of the IPO. Prior to Jive, Hersh was the CFO at 4charity and a management consultant at VIA International.

He lives in Mill Valley, CA and holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from DePauw University.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Looking for a deep product strategist. I'm good on product, but better on GTM.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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K. V. Rao
We worked together
Dave has an incredible track record of building a company from the ground up and scaling it to 10's of millions in revenue
They're my friends
Dave already is a great entrepreneur. He has had great success and has the drive and passion to do it again.
John Sechrest
Founder, Seattle Angel Conference and Co-organizer, Lean Startup Seattle.
dave is a great startup advisor and mentor. His work in Portland had a substantial impact on the startup community His hero's journey talk ... at the Seattle Angel conference went over very well. a great guy.
Mark Johnson
Principal, Marjohn Marketing

Afzal Amijee
They're my friends  •  Founder CEO, Vimodi. Entrepreneur in Residence, INSEAD. Board Member Equity For Africa.
Has a ton of life experience and business experience, and is driven and passionate about his work.

Shaun Naughton
They're my friends  •  CEO -, The Naughton Group Inc. and CEO - Performance Coach, The Natural Athlete Co..
Shaun has been my trainer for a long time. He's a sharp mind and has a keen eye for what's next in fitness.

Bradford Oberwager
They're my friends  •  Recently CEO of two Bay Area consumer packaged goods companies: Bare Snacks & Sundia Fruit.
He's a fantastic person with a rich history in the space. I'm fired up about his new ideas.

Sam Lawrence
Entrepreneur in Residence, S23P and Board of Directors, Crushpath. University of Arizona grad.
He has a unique grasp of - and vision for - what makes great marketing and how to position products well above and beyond the crowd.