Dave Berkus

berkusdave.jpgDave Berkus is an angel investor, an entrepreneur and a technology innovator. His keynote speeches address current and future trends in technology, with insightful, real-world examples of success and failure from over fifty years of experience in the software and entertainment industries.

Dave Berkus has a proven track record of over fifty years as an entrepreneur and successful angel investor. As an entrepreneur, he has formed, managed and sold successful businesses in the entertainment and software arenas. As an investor, he has obtained healthy returns from over twenty liquidity events in early-stage ventures. As a mentor, he was named “Early Stage Director of the Year” by Forum for Corporate Directors for his efforts as chairman or board member of over 40 companies since 1993. As a speaker, he has been rated the highest of any previous speaker in numerous business and entrepreneur venues.

Mr. Berkus was the founder of an early computer software company, which he guided as CEO for over a decade that included two consecutive years on the Inc.500 list of America’s fastest growing companies. For his accomplishments in advancing technology in the hospitality industry, in 1998 he was inducted into the Hospitality (HFTP) “International Hall of Fame”, one of only twenty-eight so honored worldwide over the years.

In the last ten years he has made 68 investments in early stage ventures, for which he has an IRR of 97%, which includes capital contributions to his two funds (Berkus Technology Ventures, LLC and Kodiak Ventures, L.P., for which he is the managing partner). He is a past Chairman of the Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest angel networks in the United States, and currently serves as chairman of six companies, participating on a total of fourteen boards, including four non-profit boards. In recognition for his adding significant shareholder value for emerging technology companies over the past decade, he was named “Director of the Year” by the Forum for Corporate Directors of Orange County, California. His latest book, “Extending the Runway”, published by Aspatore Press, addresses the complexities of growing young technology companies, providing sage advice to entrepreneurs, board members and professional managers regarding the use of available resources to promote growth and protect against failure. His “Berkus Method” for valuing young companies is widely quoted and used by angel investors and groups worldwide.

A graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Berkus has long been a trustee of the College and is responsible for its current fifty year master plan.

Presentation Topics:

Ten Technology Trends that Will Shape Your Corporate Future

Dave Berkus, one of the nation’s most prolific and successful early stage investors, presents his “Ten Trends in Technology” that will shape how corporate boards plan and execute effective businesses strategies. Berkus, aka “Mr. Trend”, has been divining the future of technology for fifteen years, presenting his views before CEO workshops, business groups and technology association meetings since 1993. Author of two books and many articles, Berkus asks us to contemplate the tough questions that come from an understanding of these trends, including “How do we remain competitive in this new environment?” and “How do position to expend our corporate resources most effectively?” Delivered with humor and insight, Berkus’ “Ten Trends” is an audience favorite, a must-attend event that should cause lots of conversation as attendees evaluate the impact upon their own corporate strategies.

Building A Board For Early Stage Companies

Dave Berkus, one of the nation’s most prolific early stage or angel investors, presents his vision of the ideal board at the early stage angel and venture post-funding level. Active with over forty early stage companies since 1993 and presently chairman of six and member of four more such boards, Berkus has been working with entrepreneurs and early stage investors for fifteen years. He has presented his views on board-building before CEO workshops, business groups and association meetings. Author of two books and many articles, Berkus asks us to contemplate the tough questions that come from an understanding of the fragile and complex relationship between young boards and founders, expectations of each, and the responsibilities of the board in early stage business-building. Berkus’ This is a must-attend event as Berkus tells stories of young boards gone bad and of those doing great work in the world of angel and venture funded startups.

Building Great Companies

Dave Berkus, one of the nation’s most prolific angel investors and corporate board members, presents his recipe for “Building Great Companies” from start up through mid-sized enterprises, focusing upon best practices in the use of valuable resources such as time, money, relationships, context and process management for success. Berkus is chairman of six such companies and has been named, “Director of the Year” by the Forum for Corporate Directors for his work in small and medium sized business-building. He has been presenting his views before CEO workshops, business groups and technology association meetings since 1993. Author of two books and many articles, Berkus asks us to contemplate the tough questions that come from an understanding of these five basic resources and the leverage they provide, including “How do we remain competitive in this new business environment?” and “How do position to expend corporate resources in the most effective manner?” Delivered with humor and insight, and full of stories about businesses both good and bad from personal experience, Berkus’ “Building Great Companies” is a must-attend event that should cause lots of conversation as attendees evaluate the impact upon their own corporate strategies.

TESTIMONIALS

“Dave provided excellent content, prepared will in advance, and delivered a presentation that all levels of the audience could appreciate and understand.”
– Frank Wolfe, CEO, HFTP Organization (HITEC keynote 2008)

“Dave Berkus was the best received speaker at the ACA conference where the hard-to-please angel investors are rarely excited. Comments such as “rock star”, “best speaker we have ever had”, and “right on the money” were just some of the overwhelmingly positive comments. Dave’s experience and expertise in the area of startup companies, angel investing, and boards, is rare. However, his ability to deliver rich concise impactful advice with a gift for speaking is unparalleled.”
– Richard Sudek, Ph.D, Angel Capital Association (ACA International Conference 2008)

“Dave has again succinctly captured the top 10 trends this year, and clearly articulated their implications for us. I’d cancel a key client meeting to hear him next year.”
– Bob Kelley, CEO ABL Organization (ABL Ten Trends CEO Workshop, 2008)

 

 
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