Don fosters relationships between venture capital firms, corporations, and startups at Headlands West. He has over 20 years of operational experience – developing, scaling, mentoring, acquiring, and selling technology companies.
Prior to Headlands West, Don was VP Corporate Development & Strategy at Techstars, supporting over 2,000 portfolio companies during the past 5 years. During his tenure at Techstars, his team assisted hundreds of companies with strategic partnerships, customer development, fundraising, and M&A. Additionally, the team directly contributed to over 100 closed M&A transactions.
Prior to Techstars, Don held a variety of product and partnership roles throughout Silicon Valley. Most recently, Don was the head of business development at both Storify (acquired by Livefyre / Adobe) and Typekit (acquired by Adobe) and worked as a product manager and product partnerships lead on iGoogle and other search offerings at Google. Earlier, he ran business development at FeedBurner (acquired by Google), and held product business development roles at Yahoo, and iSyndicate.
Don lives in Berkeley, CA and has a B.A. degree in Applied Economics (+ pre-med requirements) from UC Berkeley. #gobears