David Morgenthaler

Founding Partner


Dave, based in Cleveland, OH, is the Founding Partner of Morgenthaler. David has served as a Director, Chairman, or President of more than 30 companies, and over the last 39 years he has built a national reputation for industry leadership and value-added venture capital investing.

He served from 1977 to 1979 as the President and then Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). In 1998, he received the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the NVCA for his work in venture capital, and has been elected to the Venture Capital Hall of Fame.

In addition, he was an advisor to Brentwood Associates, a limited partner in Hambrecht & Quist, and is an Emeritus Trustee and Distinguished Fellow of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

In 2004 he received the first Life-Time achievement award granted by the International Business Forum and was made one of the first two Kaufman Foundation Honorary Fellows. He is currently serving as a member of the Science, Technology and Economic Board of the National Academies.

From 1957 until 1968, Dave was CEO of Foseco, Inc., manufacturer of specialty chemicals financed by J.H. Whitney & Co. Earlier in his career, Dave was a member of the management team of several young growth companies.

He received both a BS and a MS degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1941.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering)

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