Co-founder & Managing Director
Much of the rapid growth and early success of Meakem Becker Venture Capital can be traced to the experience and savvy of its co-founder, David Becker. Dave has sourced and led a number of the firm’s early investments, and he currently sits on the boards of Hotpads, Shipwire, Leostream, Schoology, and Kiva for the firm. Additionally, he has also sourced, led, and managed a wave of early-stage venture investments that include Bantu, Bit Armor (acquired by Trustwave Holdings), and Eagle Creek Resources. Dave continues to advise these companies as they achieve rapid growth.
In the mid-1990s through 2003, Dave refined his talents as a business executive and e-commerce innovator as a member of the leadership team of FreeMarkets, Inc., then the leading provider of internet deployed software and services for automating the sourcing processes of Global 1000 companies (FreeMarkets was acquired by Ariba in 2004). As the Chief Operating Officer of FreeMarkets, Dave managed global operations for the company, including software development and service delivery during the company’s growth from under $1 million to almost $200 million in revenue, with over 1,200 employees based around the world. Dave was also a key member of the team that brought the company public in 1999.
Dave’s early professional experience includes financial and management roles for Dole Fresh Fruit International in Costa Rica, where he ran a global information network that became the backbone of Dole Latin America’s logistics and supply chain management systems. In the 1980s he served as a senior engineer with Union Carbide Corporation. David was also an officer in the United States Army Reserve.
Dave holds a B.S. in chemical and petroleum refining engineering from Colorado School of Mines, a M.S. in chemical engineering from Marshall University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. His pioneering work on e-commerce methods and inventions has resulted in eighteen U.S. patents.
Dave has served as a past Director of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, and has also serviced on the boards of The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. Dave and his wife, Gail, have been married for twenty years and have three daughters.
You can contact Dave Becker by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.