David Marquardt

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David Marquardt
Marquardt in 2007
Born (1949-02-01) February 1, 1949 (age 69)
Montclair, NJ
Occupation Private Equity Investor
Known for Microsoft BOD, co-founder of August Capital,
Board member of Netpulse, Samba, Xirrus, IAS in Princeton
Spouse(s) Lori Marquardt
Children Adam (b. March 19, 1995)
Hope (b. January 20, 1990) Deke (b. September 30, 1992)

David F. Marquardt (born February 1, 1949) was a co-founder of venture capital firm August Capital in 1995. He has served on more than 25 boards of directors during his 20-year venture capital career including Microsoft,[1] Sun Microsystems (acquired by Oracle), Seagate, Adaptec, and Grand Junction Networks (acquired by Cisco).[2]


Prior to August Capital, Marquardt was a co-founder of Technology Venture Investors (TVI) in 1980 where he was involved in four highly successful funds that invested in more than 100 start-up and emerging growth companies. Among these early investments was Microsoft, where TVI was the sole investor and where Marquardt served on the board of directors from 1981 until 2014.[2][3][4]

Marquardt has been involved in every phase of the entrepreneurial process from seed investments to classic venture financings, mergers & acquisitions, public offerings and restructuring & privatizations.[citation needed]

Marquardt began his venture career at Institutional Venture Associates, where he spent a year after graduating from business school. Previously, he was a design engineer and development manager at Diablo Systems (acquired by Xerox) where he collaborated on and/or led various disk drive and printer programs.[2]

Marquardt received a BSME from Columbia University in 1973 and an MBA from Stanford University in 1979. He also completed coursework for an MSEE at Stanford University. He has served as president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and is a past director of the National Venture Capital Association.[2]

Marquardt currently sits on the boards of Netpulse, Samba, Xirrus and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He was ranked number 9 on the Forbes 2006 Midas List.[5]


  1. ^ "Microsoft Board of Directors". Microsoft PressPass. Retrieved December 19, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Seagate Technology (STX:NYSE) Executive Profile: David Marquardt". BusinessWeek. Retrieved December 19, 2007. 
  3. ^ "David F. Marquardt Executive Profile". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved December 19, 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ "David Marquardt Profile". Forbes. Retrieved December 19, 2007. 
  5. ^ "David Marquardt, The Midas List". Forbes.com. Retrieved December 19, 2007. 

External links

  • Forbes.com Bio
  • Forbes 2006 Midas List
  • Barrons: Openlane "OPNN" : Cyber Auctions Catch On

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