You’ve probably listened to a lot of conversations with venture capitalists and angel investors, but this week we’re looking into a unique firm that works primarily with large corporations, like Fortune 500 companies, and manage their venture capital investment funds. In this episode, Joe chats with David Horowitz, the Co-Founder & CEO of Touchdown Ventures. Dave talks about why he loves working in VC, what it takes to build a successful startup, and the inspiration for his interesting new side gig.
About David Horowitz: David is the co-founder and CEO of Touchdown Ventures and is based in the firm’s Philadelphia area office. He co-founded Touchdown Ventures in 2014 after spending 14 years in corporate venture capital with Comcast Ventures. David joined Comcast Ventures in 2000 as one of the first employees of the venture capital group. At Comcast Ventures, he led investments in digital media, advertising technology, digital home, education, and financial technology. David also was a founder and partner at Genacast Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund backed by Comcast Ventures. His career began as an investment banker at Bear Stearns.
David graduated from the University of Michigan with highest honors with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in both accounting and finance. David started the South Jersey Tech Collective (a networking group comprising of local tech entrepreneurs and investors), and currently serves as an advisor to the Philadelphia Greenlight Fund, the Internet of Things Consortium, and Venture University.