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David Orban

Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Chief Innovation Officer, Dotsub - Advisor, Faculty, Singularity University. "What is the question that I should be asking?"

Chief Innovation Officer, Dotsub - Advisor, Faculty, Singularity University. "What is the question that I should be asking?"

6 vouches

Involved In


Network Society Ventures
WideTag, Inc.
Nova Multimedia


Forever Identity
Thiel Fellowship
The Thiel Foundation
Singularity University


Founder & Managing Partner Network Society Ventures December 2015 - present
Mentor Thiel Fellowship February 2011 - present
Member of the Board of Directors Humanity+ January 2010 - April 2012
Chapter Ambassador SingularityU Milan November 2015 - present
Advisor Dotsub May 2015 - present
Founder Dotwords October 2014 - present
Trustee Network Society Research October 2014 - present
Founder Futuroid October 2014 - present
Mentor The Thiel Foundation March 2011 - present
Faculty & Advisor Singularity University March 2009 - present
Founder Axelera January 2012 - present
Speaker and Consultant January 2004 - present
Advisory Board Member Lifeboat Foundation May 2007 - present
CEO & Member of the Board of Directors Dotsub March 2011 - May 2015
Co-Founder Startupbusiness January 2010 - May 2015
Fellow Questar December 2009 - July 2014
Advisor Sceneverse January 2011 - June 2014
Member of the Board of Directors Humanity Plus January 2010 - April 2012
Founder Vulcano January 2007 - January 2012
Founder & Chief Evangelist WideTag, Inc. March 2008 - March 2011
Founder & CEO Questar November 1993 - December 2009
Co-Founder Nova Multimedia June 2004 - September 2005
CEO Syntrust November 1999 - September 2000
Product Manager AISoftware January 1987 - December 1992


University of Milan Physics 1987 - 1990
Università degli Studi di Padova Physics 1984 - 1987

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Financial Services
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Robotics
  • • Social Impact
  • • Video
  • • Wearable Tech

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Luca Rossettini
They're my advisor  •  CEO, D-Orbit and President, IRTA srl.
I met David in 2012 and he put me in contacts with people from his network that are important for my business. he advised my company on key ... strategic aspects and his profound knowledge of the US Venture Capital ecosystem is helping us a lot for our next funding requirements. Entrepreneurs that talk to him immediately perceive the outstanding network he has and his profound strategic thinking capabilities.
Fabrizio Gramuglio
We worked together  •  Founder, Manager, Forever Identity
In Forever we have the chance to have David Orban as Advisor and we appreciate, every day, his skills, his genius, knowledge of startups wor ... ld, both as an entrepreneur and as advisor. David has also developed an excellent network at different levels, a capacity to generate innovative solutions and provide answers on many aspects of a company's business: IP strategy, financing, business model, and about products creation and communication.
Daniel Riley
We worked together  •  Founder & CEO, Blu-Bin, Inc. Previously Energy Consultant, OTC Global Holdings LP.
David is incredibly insightful on a wide range of topics from the best way to pitch angels to IP strategy. Very approachable, and his advise ... always leads to improved thinking and leads as to where my company could benefit from heading next. I'm happy to vouch for him.
Neil LaChapelle
We worked together  •  Sceneverse CEO & consulting as a professional explainer (Mgmt Consultant, Org. Dev. Researcher, Training Design and Delivery, Writer/Editor
David combines qualities rarely found together in one person. Most specifically, he is a seasoned tech entrepreneur, while at the same time ... being a highly original futurist. He helps those of us he mentors master the game as it is currently played, but his vision is not limited by that game. As a result, he can embrace really big, revolutionary startup ideas without flinching, and lay out the pragmatics of making them happen. He's not addicted to revolution though. He can be just as excited about lower-hanging fruit in the startup economy as he can be about distant stars. He really has mastered the art of matching means to ends and helping drive outcomes. Very valuable in an advisor and mentor.
Andre Wegner
They're my advisor  •  Founder & CEO, Authentise. Previously Director, Inspired By Labs.
Broad view with balance. Network. Availability. Simple to deal with.
Robin Kent
Founding Partner, D.SoMo. Previously Founding Partner, The Fearless Group.
A multi talented remarkable nice guy

Lance Knobel
They're my friends  •  Director of Programs, Richard Attias & Associates and Founder, Berkeleyside. Princeton grad.
Lance creates great events and has a clear positive impact on his local and global community.

Neil LaChapelle
They're my advisor  •  Sceneverse CEO & consulting as a professional explainer (Mgmt Consultant, Org. Dev. Researcher, Training Design and Delivery, Writer/Editor
Neil is a deep thinker of innovative solutions, and has the drive to bring them to market in the form of interesting and engaging products.

Geordie Rose

Geordie will make an awesome advisor.

Monte Stettin

Monte will make an awesome advisor.

Mark Hatch

Mark will make an awesome advisor.

Fabrizio Gramuglio
They're my advisor  •  Founder, Manager, Forever Identity
Fabrizio is persistent, resourceful, and has a great drive in progressing towards his ambitious goals.

Davide Casali
We worked together  •  Experience Designer, Automattic and Partner & Advisor, Tallyfy.
Davide is passionate about his work, and to project the high quality of thinking in the advisory activities that he carries out.

Andrew Hessel
They're my friends  •  Autodesk Distinguished Researcher, Autodesk and Former Co-Chair, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Singularity University.
Andy is sharp, alert, and very well connected in his field. His insights are clear, but non-obvious, and can drive a project decidedly towar ... ds sustainable competitive advantages.

Louie Helm
They're my friends  •  Executive Editor, Rockstar Research Magazine. Previously Deputy Director, Machine Intelligence Research Institute.
Rockstart Research Magazine is an excellent platform that Louie created, and demonstrates his qualities as an independent thinker.

Kirti Vashee
They're my friends  •  VP Enterprise Translation Sales, Asia Online and Co-Founder, Maya Acoustics, Inc.
Kirti is a great team member, with integrity, loyalty and dedication.

Mark Wallace
They're my friends  •  Number 9, Sevenate, Inc. and Founder and Board Member, Red Lozenge, Inc.. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Mark's ideas are intriguing and he follows them through with passion and dedication.

Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof
Founder and CEO, BitNation and Author, The Googlement.
Susanne's dedication and passion for implementing a complex but tremendously important service infrastructure like Bitnation is phenomenal. ... Her energy and relentless drive are peerless and she continues to push herself and her team to excel.