venture capitalist in San Francisco, California
David Wu was born on April 29, 1968 in Poughkeepsie, New York, but grew up in Los Gatos, California, and spent the majority of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area. David graduated from Stanford University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Quantitative Economics.
After graduation from college, David floated with 4 friends down the Mississippi River on a homemade raft that he designed, spent a winter as a ski bum in Lake Tahoe, California, and then returned to the San Francisco Bay Area working as a software developer and pursuing a career as a professional musician. Along with Jay Middleton, Greg Loos, and James Nash, David founded Occams Razor, a touring rock band where he played bass. Their single “She Said” reached #55 nationally on the Gavin Report Top 40 Chart in 1996.
After his musical career, David spent the next decade as an entrepreneur. He was COO, CFO, and Chief Product Officer at Homestead Technologies that was acquired by Intuit in 2007, where he became vice-president of their Small Business Group.
In 2008, David started investing as an angel investor and member of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest seed funding organization and went on to become the Internet Committee Chair on their deal screening committee.
In 2012, David joined Maveron, which invests in consumer-only businesses, to help identify new consumer tech investments – especially those at the intersection of entertainment, social, and gaming. At Maveron, David led Maveron’s investments in Eargo (NASDAQ: EAR), August Home (acquired by Assa Abloy), Modern Fertility (acquired by Ro), WaveXR, Illumix, inkbox, and Booster and serves on each company’s boards.