Welcome. I’m an entrepreneur, developer and executive-for-hire in the San Francisco Bay Area with over 20 years experience in technology and executive leadership, including 10 years as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer EarthLink, Inc. My strength is identifying promising contrarian opportunities, conceiving strategies to exploit those opportunities, and executing on those strategies to full effect.

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My work generally falls into the categories of capital raise consulting, executive coaching, business modeling and planning, software development, and technology strategy. This includes review and development of pitch decks, business plans, and financial models, as well as technical strategy and recruiting plans. I also assess teams and software, perform due diligence and provide practical guidance on software development and product delivery.

Startup Consulting And Advisory

I’ve helped launch companies, scale companies, develop products and deploy services. I’ve served (and continue to serve) on several startup advisory boards, and helped recruit others for advisory boards.

Examples of startup consulting include:

  • Business model design and development
  • Executive coaching
  • Technical development and startup CTO work
  • Hands-on software development and / or management
  • Best practices deployment and operations
  • Advisory board recruiting and / or participation

This work is usually structured on a project basis or as a part-time interim operating role.

Interim CTO

Many startups need an interim or part-time CTO to balance out the founding team and bring a technical best practices lens to the business. I’ve been the “technical guy” with deep and broad expertise supporting a wide variety of businesses for over twenty years and I look forward to bringing this experience to your startup.

Seed, Angel, and Venture Capital Fundraising

Despite the image often presented in tech. publications, raising capital is hard – very hard. For example, a typical Sand Hill Road VC will receive 10,000 business plans and do 10 deals– a 0.1% hit rate.

I’ve been through the process and can help in a number of ways:


  • Financing strategy within the context of founder needs and objectives (who, when, how much)
  • Positioning of the company in an optimal manner; Pitch development and refinement
  • Preparation and refinement of other investor-related materials


  • Investor research; Creation of target investor lists; Management of “collective rolodex”
  • Investor outreach and networking: getting meetings
  • Investor introductions, presentations, diligence, and negotiations

I’ve served as Advisor, Consultant, or CTO to help companies accelerate the funding & closing process.


I get paid through a combination of fees, equity, and deferred compensation:

  • For pitch decks and business plans, I typically charge an hourly or fixed fee.
  • For Advisory Board work, I typically receive a nominal amount of equity.
  • For Capital Raise, remuneration is usually a blend of retainer, equity, and deferred consulting fees (paid after the deal closes).
  • For Interim CTO I get paid via a blend of retainer and equity.

About David Beckemeyer

David Beckemeyer is the provocative serial entrepreneur, trusted strategic advisor, consultant, and executive-for-hire to private entrepreneurial and corporate clients; and he influences even more thought leaders globally through his writings and talks across a wide spectrum of technology and industry categories. He has been involved in technology IPOs, acquisitions, and numerous private investment and strategic partnership deals.

Startup Consultant

David has worked with startups on strategy, technology, corporate development, and venture / exit issues throughout his careeer. He has consulted to startups across diverse industries– from software, networking, cloud services, and social media, to mobile, entertainment, and consumer products– and he has been an advisor or investor in numerous funded startups with several exits.

Interim CTO

David has also served in interim VP Software Development and CTO roles, and helped several firms deliver products and position for investment. David has founded or co-founded three technology companies and has served on the Advisory Boards of both startups and large corporations.


David is an active speaker and participant on conference panels.


On the content side, David authors the thought provoking, and sometimes controversial, Mr Blog technology, business news, and analysis site, as well as other blogs, and guest articles for various publications.


Reach out via email or LinkedIn. I love getting to know fellow entrepreneurs!