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Dave Gordon, Vice President

Capital + Perspective


Dave focuses on investment opportunities in software and technology-enabled services. Dave re-joined Volition in 2018, where he previously spent two years as an Associate and was part of the founding team that spun out of Fidelity Ventures in 2010. During Dave's first stint at Volition, he focused on sourcing new investment leads for the firm and helped execute its investment in G5 Search Marketing (acquired by PeakEquity Partners). Prior to returning to the firm in 2018, Dave spent two years at Catalyst Investors where he focused on investing in growth stage software and technology-enabled services businesses, serving as a board member at Fusion Risk Management and Reputation Institute, and as a board observer at WeddingWire and Xplornet. Before his time at Catalyst Investors, Dave was part of the private equity investment team at the Wolfson Group, a New York based family office, where he focused on underwriting private equity fund commitments, co-investments and direct investments. Dave began his career as an analyst in the Technology Group at Jefferies & Company, where he helped advise middle market technology businesses on private placements and M&A transactions.

Dave received a BS in Finance and Accounting from New York University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Dave’s Portfolio Companies

 
 
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Dave's Highlights


+  Began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Jefferies & Company

+  Initially joined Volition Capital in 2010 as an Associate, subsequently going on to develop his investment approach at the Wolfson Group and Catalyst Investors before returning to Volition in 2018

+  Sector focuses include SaaS, Technology-Enabled Services, Internet and Marketplace businesses

+  Holds a BS in Finance and Accounting from NYU and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management


Contact Dave

tel.  +1 617 830 2308
dave@volitioncapital.com

Dave's Story


At age six, Dave got his first taste of the business world when he founded a yogurt cup resale business.   

"It’s actually exactly what it sounds like - I would hoard all the empty little plastic yogurt cups that my family would otherwise dispose of. I cleaned them out, stripped off the labels, smoothed out the edges and re-branded them as mini drinking glasses.  I sold maybe 5 or 6 of them to my first grade classmates until I got caught by the teacher and told I wasn't allowed to operate a business out of my locker.  It was my first lesson in business rules and regulations."

Undeterred by the shortcomings of his first venture, Dave remained intrigued by entrepreneurship and was constantly looking for new and interesting business ideas. Over the next several years he founded - and quickly shuttered - several ventures including popcorn and cotton candy food carts and a New Jersey Nets fan tribute website.

While he never made it big as an entrepreneur, Dave was humbled at a young age by the creativity and confidence it takes to start a new business and the discipline required to lead it to success.  He eventually moved to Manhattan to attend the Stern Undergraduate School of Business at New York University where he majored in finance and accounting, learning the building blocks of business management and investing.

Since graduating from NYU, Dave has spent his entire career working with entrepreneurs, initially advising management teams on M&A and private capital raises at Jefferies & Company, and then investing in fast-growing businesses at the Wolfson Group, Catalyst Investors and Volition Capital.

"I feel fortunate to have partnered with so many talented entrepreneurs over the years and to have had the chance to play even a small role in helping them realize their aspirations."

In his free time, Dave enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and is a perpetually tortured fan of New Jersey area sports teams.  He still dreams of one day building a yogurt cup resale empire.