Managing Partner | CoFounders Capital
David Gardner is a serial entrepreneur, writer, adviser, and very early-stage investor with nearly thirty years of experience in creating and building software technology companies.
Before founding Cofounders Capital, a $12M early-stage seed fund, he was the Triangle’s most active and involved angel investor with over $7M personally deployed in early stage ventures. As an adviser, Gardner spends his time working as an unpaid coach and mentor to startup companies and managing his free startup accelerator in Cary, NC.
As an entrepreneur, David has been the founder or co-founder of multiple successful companies in the Triangle including PeopleClick – which was purchased for $100 million – and Report2Web, which sold for $12M in less than eleven months from inception. He has demonstrated a record for consistency across multiple industries and markets with six successful exits in a row.
After Compuware, a billion-dollar Fortune 1000 Corporation, acquired ProviderLink, a healthcare communications exchange Gardner founded, he served as a Senior Executive VP for the company.
As a writer and thought leader, David is author of a popular book on entrepreneurship called The StartUp Hats. He has published many articles and forward-thinking white papers on technical, marketing, and managerial topics. Gardner founded and launched the first hosted software-as-a- service enterprise application.
As a lifelong learner, David is constantly researching new technologies and challenging traditional ways of thinking. In addition to several years of full-time computer science and business-related post graduate studies at NCSU, Mr. Gardner holds degrees in Music and Philosophy with a postgraduate concentration in theology and dead languages.
What drives David today is his passion for helping smart, coachable, first-time entrepreneurs build their businesses and then watching them succeed and witnessing their life-altering exits.