Summary

I’m a designer and internet entrepreneur (MRL Ventures (Yelp, Slide), Moreover, Origins), with 17 years experience in London, San Francisco & New York, who used to be an architect, working for Norman Foster. Of the four companies I helped co-found, one went public (NYSE:YELP) one was acquired by Verisign, one (first Internet company in Shoreditch,1994) morphed into an online service, acquired by D.C.Thomson and one went nowhere: Wists.

I’ve designed all sorts of things from skyscrapers to software applications, but I specialize in designing the obvious – trivially simple, but the right trivially simple. I created the visual bookmark concept behind Pinterest, the one line bios used by Twitter and Facebook and co-created RSS. These simple concepts are used by over a billion people.

My day-to-day role is venture & product design/UX, but I have strong business experience and technical knowledge. I identify investment trends, ideas for businesses & products and help design them.

A more descriptive ‘about me’ is here.

Om Malik: “David has a nasty habit of predicting the future before everyone else.

Work

2014-present
Partner, Anthemis Group. The world’s leading digital Financial Services investment and advisory firm. I am design partner and head up the Anthemis foundry.

2011-2014
Partner, DWG Ventures. Digital strategy, product and service design (H-Box Lausanne. PeerIndex, Samba, London. Architizer, New York).

2012-2014
Part-time: Head of Strategy, KKLD Berlin (a WPP agency).

2006-present
Founder, Curations, New York. First social shopping services. Creation of the visual bookmarking concept: Wists that became the basis for Pinterest.

2009-2011
Venture Partner, Siderian Ventures (Clean Tech Investments)

2004-2005
Co-founder (With Max Levchin, founder Paypal), Entrepreneur in residence, MRL Ventures, San Francisco. San Francisco’s most successful ever incubator. (Companies spun out include Yelp.com (NYSE:YELP) and Slide.com (acquired by Google))

1999-2003
Co-founder (With Nick Denton, founder Gawker Media), VP Product: Moreover.com, San Francisco. The first news search engine, provider for Yahoo, MSN and corporations. Acquired by Verisign.

1997-1998
Co-founder: Origins Network. London. Subscription based Genealogy service. First commercial Internet service to provide access to UK government data. Acquired by D.C. Thomson.

1996-1997
Co-founder: Realtime Anywhere, London. Agency based (spin off from RTA Design). Developed first large scale Intranet in UK, managing staffing for 60 hospitals.

1994-1995
Co-founder: RTA Design, London. First Internet company in London’s tech hub, Shoreditch. Clients Caterpillar, Wolverine, Levis, Kanbay. Developed Genealogy search engine.

1993-1994
Architect: Fisher Park, London: Stadium concert set design for bands such as the Rolling Stones.

1992
Architect: Valode et Pistre, Paris. Paris Wine Vaults conversion.

1989-90 (1991 part-time)

Architect: Norman Foster and Partners, London: Cranfield Library, Kings Cross Masterplan, Norman Foster Apartment.

Teaching/Presenting:

Visiting Critic: Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University.
Visiting Critic: Columbia University, Undergraduate Architecture Program.
Visiting Critic: University of North London, Undergraduate Architecture Dept.
Visiting Lecturer: University College London, Post Graduate Architecture Dept.
Speaker at various Internet conferences including SXSW and O’Reilly Media.

Education:

1993

RIBA Chartered Architect.

1990-1992
University College London/Turin Polytechnic, Italy: Architecture Post Graduate Dip Arch.

1986-1989
University College London: BSc. Architecture.

Publications/standards:

Co-author RSS 1.0 (widely used internet standard) Link
Co-author RSS Ping (a method for enabling real-time search across the web) Link
Co-author Bio, ‘One Line Bio’ (standard for simple biographical information, used by Facebook, Twitter, SixApart). Link About