Founder, Versatile Venture Capital
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David Teten is Founder and Partner of Versatile VC. He was previously a Managing Partner with HOF Capital and a Partner with ff Venture Capital. At both firms, he and his Partners grew AUM over 10x during his tenure. He is Founder of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, now ... more

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Please Don’t Pitch A Venture Capitalist Without This Checklist
As a venture capitalist, I'm amazed at how many funding pitches lack some of the basic information which investors require before funding. Here's how to not blow your chance.
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Interview: VC And Disruption Of The Investment Management Industry
In this video we discuss who is disrupting investment management and other topics relevant to family offices.
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The 7 Options For Family Offices To Invest In Technology Companies
An ever-growing number of family offices want to invest into private tech companies. But how should they go about it?
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AAPL Apple Inc.
AMZN Amazon.com Inc.
GOOG Alphabet Inc. (Google)
GOOGL Google (A shares)
META Meta Platforms, Inc. (Formerly Facebook, Now META))
MSFT Microsoft Corporation

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6/28 Ask Me Anything: Investing In Startups: Who, What, Why, When, Which, And How?
I’m participating in a virtual “Ask Me Anything” on Tuesday, June 28, 5 pm to 6 pm ET.

Work Experience

Founder+Partner
Versatile Venture Capital
December 2020 - Present (2 years 2 months)
Versatile Venture Capital invests in early-stage, capital-efficient companies. Our typical check size is $200,000 to $1,000,000. We lead rounds and will also co-invest. We can make follow-on investments into our companies where helpful. We periodically invest in Series A and later rounds with a reputable lead investor. We have particular interest in fintech and salestech.
Founder, Ambassadors at Large
Innovators for Democracy · Freelance
May 2020 - Present (2 years 9 months)
I founded the "Ambassadors at Large" program, an initiative to recruit CEOs, investors, and other business leaders, to tap their superpowers to achieve our goals. We asked our Ambassadors: Do you have direct access to media? Does your business touch potential voters? Are you aware of information that the media should know? Everyone can vote and donate, but what can you uniquely do to help our cause?
Partner
HOF Capital
March 2017 - Present (6 years)
A technology-focused venture capital firm that helps ambitious founders build massive, enduring businesses. Backed by over 70 influential families and organizations across 21 countries, HOF supports entrepreneurs by providing them with long-term-focused capital from idea to IPO, and helping them structure transformational partnerships with enterprises in its LP network. HOF today manages over $1.2b in assets. I joined shortly after HOF launched as the first outside Partner.
Partner
ff Venture Capital
March 2011 - March 2017 (6 years 2 months)
During my tenure, ffVC was one of the top 4 best performing seed- and early-stage venture capital firms in the US (see teten.com/ffdata ). ffVC invested in companies with (now) aggregate market value exceeding $4 billion; we grew AUM and our number of LPs by 10x. ffVC's Founder recruited me to join him as the second Partner at ffVC in 2011. At the time, we had only our CFO and an Associate in the firm. I was a full-time Partner until March 2017, then a Venture Partner through March 2018.

Education

Yale University
BA
Economics + Psychology (double major) Interned at Procter & Gamble brand management (Pepto-Bismol). Taught English in Taiwan. Honors in Psychology.
Harvard Business School
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
1996 / 1998
Activities and societies: Debate Team, HBS Show, Co-President Jewish Students Association, Selected by faculty to tutor in Finance. 2nd year Honors.
The Branson School
1984 / 1988

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