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David Cowan, a partner in Bessemer's Menlo Park, Calif. office, joined the firm in 1992. He has invested mostly in network technology, infrastructure SaaS, consumer Internet and cyber-security. His current portfolio includes CrowdFlower, Getinsured, LifeLock (IPO), LinkedIn (IPO), Nominum, Reputation.com, Skybox Imaging, Smule and Zoosk.
More than 20 of David's startup investments have gone on to IPO. His historical portfolio includes: network- technology companies Ciena (IPO) and P-Com (IPO); Internet-infrastructure services such as PSI-Net (IPO), Keynote (IPO), Flycast (IPO) and Netli (acquired by Akamai); and consumer Web sites Hotjobs (IPO), Blue Nile (IPO) and Playdom (acquired by Disney). In 1995 David co-founded VeriSign as a Bessemer-funded spinout of RSA and served as VeriSign's initial chairman; his other cyber-security exits have included Counterpane (acquired by BT), Cyota (acquired by RSA), ON (IPO), Postini (acquired by Google), Tripwire (acquired by Thoma Bravo), Tumbleweed (IPO), Valicert (IPO) and Worldtalk (IPO).
David received both his A.B. in math and computer science and his MBA degrees from Harvard University. The first Forbes Midas List ranked David among the world's top 10 venture investors and he has been featured on every Midas List since then. You can read his blog at WhoHasTimeForThis?, or see him perform with his men's a capella singing group Voices in Harmony.