David is Chief Operating Officer at Lightspeed and provides strategy and operational leadership for the firm and its portfolio companies. After growing up in Canada, he moved to Silicon Valley in 2000, as he says “to be in the middle of where the next generation of great companies were being built. I’ve always been fascinated with technology, from flying cars to space missions, science fiction has always captured my imagination.”
Prior to joining Lightspeed, David was Chief Business Officer of Lyft where he built the strategy and division responsible for winning Enterprise customers, Strategic Partners and City Partnerships. He joined Lyft in 2015 inspired by the founder’s mission to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. He also joined to help figure out how businesses and partners could leverage the power of rideshare to transform their business. “It was a kernel of an idea when I started, but today, it’s a thriving platform that serves over 50% of the Fortune 500, powers tens of thousands of small businesses and partners with some of the worlds’ most iconic brands,” says David. Today, Lyft Business has grown to become over a quarter of the overall business.
Prior to joining Lyft David was Chief Revenue Officer at Rocket Lawyer, the leading provider of legal help to small businesses. Before that, he spent seven years at Oracle where he built sales teams that delivered record-setting results.
Most of David’s career has been in technology. He’s been in companies at almost every stage, from ideation to billion dollar run rates all the way through to IPO. He’s worked with exceptional leaders and learned volumes about company building. He’s an asset to founders, with valuable knowledge to share and lessons learned from his experience — failures and successes — building companies.
David has a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Bench Accounting and the non profit, Points of Light. His advice to making it in the industry? Manage the 3 R’s and good things will happen: Deliver great results, build high quality relationships and take care of your Reputation. “Sometimes we don’t allow for our own evolution because we’re anchored to who we were or even are today. Bet on yourself and your ability to adapt and you will surprise yourself–no matter what, you’ll learn a ton,” says David.