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1 Create a Student Success Profile and Define Success

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2 Choose a Career Track and Schedule Meeting

Choose from over 50 different Career Tracks and select an Advisor with specific insights into your career path to meet with.

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3 Meet with an Advisor and Earn Badges

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2 Add your Meeting and Account Preferences

Define who you'll meet with and when you're available. You can even choose to direct a portion of your income to Causes you select.

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3 Receive Meeting Requests and Meet with students

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1 Pick your Cause and Ask Others to Dedicate their Revenue to it.

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2 Request others to join your Campaign by giving money to it, offering their time or signing up to meet Advisors.
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3 Market your Cause. Raise Money!

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Summary

One of the nation's most prolific angel investors with over 170 early stage technology investments. Board member or chairman of over forty of these over the years, companies both private and public. Serves on a number of high profile non-profit boards as well. Author of fourteen books on early stage business-building, and in-demand speaker at national and international events sharing stories and wisdom related to building boards of directors, trends in technology and valuing young corporate enterprises. Creator of BERKONOMICS.COM, weekly insights for entrepreneurs and investors delivered to over 200,000 readers each month and syndicated to an estimated 300,000 more readers. Author of three BERKONOMICS books, and EXTENDING the RUNWAY. Co-author of "Better than Money," the first book written about angel investing (out of print). In 1998, Inc. Magazine called Dave a "Super Angel," the first known use of the term. TV segment, "The Berkus Report" for Eye on Business seen by over 200,000 monthly. Specialties: Building early stage technology-driven companies, mergers and acquisitions, positioning companies for liquidity events, defining product and corporate strategy.

Experience

Co Managing Partner, Wayfare Ventures, LLC

April 2017 - Present (1 year 8 months)

Wayfare Ventures is an early stage tech fund dedicated to the travel industry. We are affiliated with HFTP, the industry association for hospitality tech professionals worldwide. HFTP is not only our first limited partner, but helps the Fund with access to the world's hotel groups, hotel schools, and 60,000+ individual members from the travel industry - all able to help with deal flow. Our partners have deep experience in senior management, fund management, and financial structuring.

Chairman, Transcepta

January 2006 - Present (12 years 11 months)

Chairman, CPM Systems

January 1999 - Present (19 years 11 months)

Member of the Board, AuriQ Systems

January 1999 - Present (19 years 11 months)

Chairman Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels

January 1999 - Present (19 years 11 months)

Managing Partner, Kodiak Ventures, LP

January 1999 - Present (19 years 11 months)

Board of Trustees, Occidental College

January 1996 - Present (22 years 11 months)

Vice Chairman of the Board. Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee (1998-2011). Chair of Presidential Search Committee (2005). Chair of the Technology Task Force (2011-2013).

President, Berkus Tech Ventures, LLC

May 1993 - Present (25 years 7 months)

Over 160 portfolio investments since 1993. General Partner, Berkus Tech Ventures and Kodiak Ventures, L.P., Managing Director of the three ACE Funds for Tech Coast Angels and co-Managing Partner Wayfare Ventures LLC.

Chairman, ExtendCredit.com

May 1993 - Present (25 years 7 months)

Over 160 portfolio investments since 1993. General Partner, Berkus Tech Ventures and Kodiak Ventures, L.P., Managing Director of the three ACE Funds for Tech Coast Angels and co-Managing Partner Wayfare Ventures LLC.

Chairman, Advisory Board, ABL Organization

January 1987 - Present (31 years 11 months)

Past Chairman, AdventureLink Travel, Inc.

August 2011 - January 2014 (2 years 5 months)

Managing Director, Trenchant Ventures, LLC

January 2009 - January 2012 (3 years)

North American Board Member, FCS Computer Systems

January 2007 - January 2012 (5 years)

Consultant to the Board, Multi-Systems Inc

January 2006 - June 2016 (10 years 6 months)

Successfully sold MSI to Jonas Systems, inc. June 2016.

Member of the Board, MyShape, Inc.

January 2006 - May 2011 (5 years 4 months)

Chairman, Nirvana Technology, Inc.

January 2004 - January 2009 (5 years)

Past Chairman, LeisureLink

January 2002 - March 2014 (12 years 2 months)

Company merged with VacationRoost 2014

Chairman, IP3 Networks, Inc.

January 2000 - November 2006 (6 years 11 months)

President, Lodging Division; member of the Board, Eltrax Hospitality (formerly Sulcus Hospitality)

January 1996 - January 1999 (3 years)

Founder, CEO emeritus, Computerized Lodging Systems

January 1975 - January 1993 (18 years)

Founder, CEO, CLS, Inc.

January 1975 - January 1993 (18 years)

Education

Occidental College

BA Economics for Business

1958 - 1962