Currently, partner in Financial Services focused VC firm, Anthemis.

Designer and internet entrepreneur (MRL Ventures (Yelp, Slide), Moreover, Origins), with 25 years experience in London, San Francisco & New York. Formerly an architect, working for Norman Foster (designer of Apple ‘spaceship’ HQ).

Of four companies helped co-found, one went public (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.

Designed all sorts of things from skyscrapers to software applications, but now combine product design and business experience to ‘design’ companies, in a field that is called Venture Design.

Specialize in designing the ‘obvious’ but overlooked. Developed visual bookmark concept behind Pinterest, the one line bios used by Twitter and Facebook and co-created RSS.

Some personal essays about design and Venture Design process are here

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


Partner, Anthemis Group, Geneva & London, Financial Services VC. I head up the Anthemis foundry.

Partner, DWG, Geneva, Design consultancy.

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

Entrepreneur in residence, MRL Ventures, San Francisco (Companies spun out include (NYSE:YELP) and (acquired by Google))

Co-founder,, San Francisco. First news search engine, provider for Yahoo, MSN and enterprises. Acquired by Verisign.

Co-founder: Origins, London. Online genealogy service. First commercial Internet service to provide access to UK government data. Acquired by D.C. Thomson.

Co-founder: Realtime Anywhere, London. One of first Internet companies in UK. Developed first large scale Intranet in UK, managing contract staffing for 60 uk hospitals.

Architect: Fisher Park, London: Stadium rock concert set design for bands such as the Rolling Stones, U2 & Pink Floyd.

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.


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.



RIBA Chartered Architect.

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

University College London: BSc. Architecture.


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