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David Smith

Managing Director (Head of US), FirstCapital at First Capital

Menlo Park, United States

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David joined FirstCapital in 2015 as Managing Director (Head of US). David has been based in Silicon Valley since 2006, specializing in advising European companies on US market entry, venture capital funding and business development. He is an experienced Chairman, Board Advisor and mentor to entrepreneurial technology companies. From 2012 to 2014 David was VP International and Head of Corp Dev for US Market Access Centre (US MAC), the longest established international business accelerator in Silicon Valley with offices in San Francisco and Menlo Park. David specialized in accelerating US market entry for international tech companies, and helped support universities in developing spin-outs, corporates in developing innovation programs and US VC funds in developing quality international deal-flow. David was also a founder of Tirna Partners supporting innovative overseas companies to drive their North American market strategy, business development and funding activities. From 2006 to July 2012 David was a SVP with Enterprise Ireland in Silicon Valley, where he supported over 120 Irish companies in their USA market activities leading to multi-million dollar sales, venture funding and IP licensing deals. David moved to Silicon Valley in 2006 after 16 years working in Ireland, with Enterprise Ireland and in a number of financial services organisations (Prudential, Scotttish Provident)

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Views from the Valley: Visas, the Silicon Valley Master Card

This week was a big week for many people in Silicon Valley, and an instructional one for many people outside of here that aspire to make...

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Views from the Valley - cuddling with whales

There’s been a huge rise in corporate venturing over the last several years, indeed I sometimes wonder if some corporates have started up...

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Views from the Valley - The Art of the Deal

There are always great seminars and events going on in the Valley, and there’s always something interesting to learn, or a great speaker...

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Views from the Valley – Location, location, location

As an Irishman living in Silicon Valley for the last 10 years, this blog is a forum for my M&A/funding observations.

Location of product...

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