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Innovator, Investor, and Philanthropist

Dave Berkus is a distinguished speaker, author, and early-stage private equity investor. He is acknowledged as one of the most active angel investors in the country, having participated in over 200 technology investments.  An entrepreneur for over fifty years, he formed and managed successful businesses in the entertainment and software arenas, and is a respected technology industry leader and spokesperson.

Dave Berkus is a distinguished speaker, author, and early-stage private equity investor. He is acknowledged as one of the most active angel investors in the country, having participated in over 200 technology investments.  An entrepreneur for over fifty years, he formed and managed successful businesses in the entertainment and software arenas, and is a respected technology industry leader and spokesperson.

Professional Background

Venture Capital and Leadership

Dave manages Berkus Technology Ventures, LLC, Kodiak Ventures, L.P., and three Tech Coast Angels ACE Funds (TCA). As past Chairman of Tech Coast Angels (TCA Fund), one of the largest angel networks in the United States, Dave has significantly influenced the venture capital community. He serves as chairman or board member of ten technology companies. Active as investor or board member in a total of over 200 earlys-stage companies since 1993, he was recognized as Director of the Year – Early-Stage Businesses by the Forum for Corporate Directors of Orange County, California, as Technology Leader of the Year by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, as Businessperson of the Year by his alma mater, Occidental College, and as US Early-Stage Venture Capitalist of the Year at the International Fund awards.

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Pioneering Success

Early Entrepreneurship

Dave founded his first commercial venture, a phonograph record production company, at the age of fifteen and took it public shortly after college. He also founded Computerized Lodging Systems Inc (CLS), leading it to two consecutive years on the Inc.500 list of America’s fastest-growing companies. For his contributions to the hospitality industry, he was inducted into the Hospitality (HFTP) “International Hall of Fame.”

Philanthropy and Influence

Contributions and Legacy

Dave’s “Berkus Method” for valuing pre-revenue startups is widely used by entrepreneurs globally. He serves on various boards, including the Greater Los Angeles Council, Boy Scouts of America (past President), and the Advisory Board of ABL-Technology (Chairman). A graduate of Occidental College, Dave has been Vice Chairman of its Board of Trustees, and his philanthropic contributions have led to two buildings at the College bearing the Berkus name.

Books By Dave

Dave calls upon his many years of entrepreneurial and board experience to help entrepreneurs, corporate managers, investors and board members increase corporate value and speed growth. His weekly emails and blog are circulated to well over 120,000 people and republished and linked by many bloggers worldwide.  

This book is your resource for your life of entrepreneurism, from start to successful exit, supplying important insights into the entire process.

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Advanced teachings on starting up, valuing the business, creating a business dashboard, methods of measuring success and much more.

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This book provides thoughtful material to help management and investors gain alignment at the board level upon issues of limited resource allocation toward and beyond break-even.

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There is something there for entrepreneurs and managers with the focus and fight to win. Or to learn how to become more agile, which of course is the reason for this book.

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