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David Cowan


Mr. David Cowan serves as Partner, Investments at Bessemer Venture Partners. He serves as Board Member at Team8, CyberGRX,, DroneDeploy and Bastille Networks. His historical portfolio includes Ciena, Hotjobs, Blue Nile, LinkedIn, LifeLock, PSI-Net, Qualys and over a dozen other IPOs, as well as many large acquisitions such as Twitch, Postini, Cyota, Tripwire, Netli, Playdom, Dropcam and Skybox Imaging. He is an Advisor at Propy. His current portfolio - spanning startups founded in the U.S., Argentina, Singapore, Israel, New Zealand and Scotland - includes Getinsured, Smule, Twilio, Rocket Lab, iSight Partners, Spire Global, Endgame, Auth0, Zapier. He served as Board Member at Zoosk. During his tenure at BVP. He co-founded three cybersecurity companies incubated in our offices: VeriSign (IPO), where he served as initial Chairman and CFO; Good Technology (fka Visto, acquired by Blackberry) where he served as CEO, and (acquired by F5). Forbes ranked him #6 on the Midas List and tied for 4th in the Midas List of Hall of Fame. He is a Trustee of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. You can read his blog at WhoHasTimeForThis?, follow him on twitter (@davidcowan) or see him perform with his men's a capella singing group Voices in Harmony. He also serves as a Board Member at Claroty. He was an Advisor at Reef Capital Ventures. Mr. Cowan earned an A.B. in math and computer science and an MBA degree, both from Harvard University

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • United States

David Cowan Investments (10)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner 23-Apr-2015 Seed Round Other Services (B2C Non-Financial) Out of Business 00000 00000
00000000 00000000 21-Jan-2015 00000 (00000 00.00 Network Management Software Generating Revenue 00000 00000
0000000 18-Mar-2014 00000 00000 00.000 Software Development Applications Out of Business 00000 00000
0000000 00000 18-Oct-2011 00000 00000 0000 Other Financial Services Startup 00000 00000
0000000 21-Sep-2011 00000 00000 00.00 Electronics (B2C) Generating Revenue 00000 00000
00000 14-Jul-2011 00000 00000 00.00 Software Development Applications Out of Business 00000 00000
0000000 01-Jun-2011 0000 00000 00000 Business/Productivity Software Out of Business 00000 00000
0000000 23-Sep-2010 0000 00000 00.00 Social/Platform Software Product Development 00000 00000
Keep Holdings 14-Sep-2010 Early Stage VC 000 Internet Retail Out of Business 00000 00000
Dropcam 01-Mar-2009 Seed Round Electronics (B2C) Generating Revenue 00000 00000
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David Cowan Exits (8)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
Keep Holdings 01-Oct-2018 Out of Business Completed
0000000 22-Dec-2017 000 00 00000000 Completed
0000000 01-Nov-2016 000 00 00000000 Completed
0.00 01-Jun-2016 000 00 00000000 Completed
0000000 00000 01-Sep-2015 000000000000000000 0000 Completed
  • 0000000
0000000 20-Jun-2014 000000000000000000 00000 Completed
  • 0000 0000
Votizen 10-Jan-2013 Merger/Acquisition Completed
Dekko Bankruptcy: Liquidation Completed
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David Cowan Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
David Cowan Angel Investor 000 00 00 Menlo Park, CA

David Cowan Co-Investors (1)

Name With Exits Lead Partner
Noah Kindler 0 0 0
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