I started my career as an International Trade Regulatory attorney at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan, Lovells) in Washington, D.C., before joining America Online (AOL) in 1994 as its second in-house attorney. During AOL’s early hyper-growth years in the 1990s, David negotiated hundreds of technology, content licensing, and e-commerce deals worth billions of dollars, managed its domestic and international data privacy, security and intellectual property compliance programs, and negotiated AOL’s international partnerships.
As AOL Europe’s first General Counsel, David led AOL’s successful advocacy for European telecoms regulatory changes (e.g., Unmetered Access in the UK), its adoption of European codes of conduct, the European acquisitions of CompuServe and Netscape, and the launch of Netscape Online UK.
After serving as a startup CEO for U.K. digital music pioneer Crunch Music, acquired by Music Choice in 2001, David moved from London to California to join Napster as Vice President of Services and General Counsel as part of the Bertelsmann executive team charged with transitioning Napster’s network to a paid subscription service.
As EVP of Corporate Strategy and General Counsel of IGN Entertainment, we helped acquire and integrate five interactive entertainment properties, including GameSpy, Rotten Tomatoes, and AskMen. He also filed its S-1 registration for an IPO, and negotiated IGN’s eventual acquisition by News Corp for $650 Million in 2005.
At Sidecar Technologies, we led legal, regulatory and insurance reform efforts to legitimize ridesharing nationally, creating the first on-demand, variable-priced insurance policy for drivers, the first network transportation licensing category in California, and Sidecar’s expansion of rideshare operations to eight other U.S. cities.
Throughout my life and professional career, I've had a keen focus on data privacy, security and intellectual property issues.
How I got here...
I've spent the last 25 years as a technology lawyer, entrepreneur, and investor in Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., and Europe. I stumbled into the Internet world early in the early 90s. I joined America Online, AOL Inc., as its second lawyer in 1994 and in 1998 was named General Counsel, AOL Europe.