Head of Growth & Operations at dYdX Foundation
Previously Growth Lead at dYdX, Founder & CEO at GogelX, Associate at Techstars
Blockchain Accelerator, Entrepreneur in Residence at Venture One, Corporate
Development and M&A at LinkedIn and AIG, Wharton / Penn MBA (Entrepreneurship &
Operations ’18) / B.S. (Finance ’12) / B.A. (International Studies & Business ’12)
David is a startup operator, angel investor, and strategic advisor with deep experience in
the crypto, blockchain, and fintech industries.
He is currently the Head of Growth & Operations at the dYdX Foundation and formerly
Growth Lead at dYdX, a leading decentralized exchange. He leads the Foundation’s
growth strategy and execution, as well as governance initiatives, business development,
partnerships, and operations. He is passionate about empowering individuals and
businesses globally with technology tools to participate in a decentralized future.
He was a lead author and core contributor for the “Decentralized Autonomous
Organizations: Beyond the Hype”, “DeFi: Beyond the Hype” and “DeFi Policy-Maker
Toolkit” reports published in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the
Wharton Blockchain and Digital Asset Project.
Prior to joining dYdX, David founded his own consultancy, advising various startups
building centralized exchanges, workflow automation tools for the bond markets, music
royalties lending products, and enterprise software. He previously held operating roles
at the Techstars Blockchain Accelerator and Venture One, a venture fund investing in
blockchain infrastructure businesses. Before graduating with his MBA from Wharton,
David worked in Corporate Development and M&A at LinkedIn and AIG, in New York,
Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
He earned a M.B.A from the Wharton School, with concentrations in entrepreneurship
and operations, and a B.A / B.S. from the Huntsman Program in International Studies &
Business at the University of Pennsylvania / Wharton School, with a major in finance and
a minor in mandarin. During business school, David was Co-President of Wharton
FinTech and involved with the launch of the Penn Blockchain Club.