Active Investments

3Box

Private

Dapper Labs

Private

Misty Robotics

Private

Amino

Private

YouNow

Private

Smartling

Private

Dstillery

Private

Alumni Investments

Dollar Shave Club

Acquired by Unilever

Nest

Acquired by Google

Klout

Acquired by Lithium

Singly

Acquired by Appcelerator

Crunchyroll

Acquired by The Chernin Group

David Pakman Partner

Focus Areas: Consumer Products and Services, Robotics and Automation, Crypto
Location: New York

As a Partner at Venrock in New York, David focuses on early stage venture investing in consumer and enterprise tech companies with a recent focus on robotics, crypto and consumer products. His active investments include Dstillery, Smartling, YouNow, Misty Robotics, Amino Apps and Dapper Labs. He led both the Series A and Series B rounds in Dollar Shave Club and sat on the board until that company was acquired by Unilever for $1B in July of 2016. He served on the Board of Crunchyroll (acquired by The Chernin Group) and led Venrock’s investment in Klout which was acquired by Lithium Technologies. In April 2017, he was named the 55th top venture capitalist in the world by CB Insights.

Previously, Pakman was the CEO of eMusic, the world’s leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold. Pakman transformed the business from an obscure also-ran with 50,000 subscribers to the second largest digital music retailer in the world, with more than 400,000 subscribers, $68M in revenue and more than 12% market share. Prior to joining eMusic, Pakman was Co-Founder and President of Business Development and Public Policy at Myplay, Inc., the company he co-founded in 1999 in Redwood City, CA that introduced the “digital music locker” and pioneered the locker category. In 2001, Myplay was sold to Bertelsmann’s ecommerce Group. Before Myplay, he was Vice President at N2K Entertainment, which created the first digital music download service. He also was the co-creator of Apple’s Music Group and a product manager at Apple.

Pakman is a graduate of and a former member of the Board of Overseers at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science with a degree in Computer Science Engineering and is an avid musician and songwriter. He testified in front of Congress regarding internet music streaming in 2012, 2016 and 2017. He also served on the Board of POTS, a human services non-profit in the Bronx helping low-income families and is a Trustee of St. Luke’s School in Connecticut.

Check out David’s blog or follow him on Twitter at @pakman.

 

 

Podcasts

Writing

News

Active Companies

3Box

Dapper Labs

Misty Robotics

Amino

YouNow

Smartling

Smartling uses technology to transform the way content is created and consumed around the world. Smartling’s Global Fluency Platform helps brands access new markets, more customers and greater value.

Dstillery

Alumni Companies

Dollar Shave Club

Nest

Klout

Singly

Crunchyroll