What do I do?
For over 25 years I formulated ideas and built my own businesses. I always loved teaching and would share my knowledge with anyone who was willing to learn.
Over the last few years I've been creating a framework for how to leverage my time so that I can:
I find the universe to be fractal in nature. Patterns repeat at different magnifications. Formalising my mentoring and investor roles is just repeating successful patterns at a different scale.
Plus, the mentors I've had over the years were crucial to my own journey, and I now have a responsibility to the Circle of Life and give back to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
I see the next decade of my life spending less time building my own businesses and more time working with founders on their early stage startups.
I enjoy the many challenges of supporting Early Stage businesses in getting going. I have lots of experience bootstrapping and creating early stage traction. Angel Investing is about working with Early Stage Startups where my experience and knowledge can provide genuine strategic advantage. It's ideally not a passive, silent investment.
I am occasionally available for paid consulting and advisory work; especially in strategy, marketing, process design, bootstrapping ... in industries of Education, Saas/Platforms and Startups.
I have consulted internationally through India, China, UAE and USA.
The oldest of 5 children, David was born in London and lived in 15 countries before settling in Australia. He briefly attended Melbourne High School, leaving half-way through Year 10 to pursue his passion for chess.
David's varied business career started at age 11 with the ubiquitous lawn mowing rounds and door-to-door sales. When he was 16 he founded Chess Kids, adding a retail business in 1999 and launching a National Schools Chess event in 2002. Chess Kids was acquired by Kids Unlimited in 2014.
He leads an active life with 4 kids and a puppy, which includes regular bike rides, trail running, basketball, tennis and hiking. Board and card games are a favourite hobby, and he is a member of Mensa and Melbourne Angels, a coach for the Bentleigh Lakers basketball club and mentors at Melbourne Uni, Monash Uni, Swinburne and RMIT.