Kiva Lending Team: David Galper
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Entrepreneur David Galper is familiar with launching and growing businesses. He founded and served as president of two tech start-ups prior to launching his own venture in 2003. As digital music downloads became more popular, Galper became the co-founder of Ruckus Network, a legal digital entertainment service and social networking site for colleges, their students and alumni. Galper co-founded the network with Vince Han. Galper and Han local Boston entrepreneurs, were able to identify quickly that there was a business opportunity in allowing people, especially the student population, to download digital music legally. Besides serving on the Board of Directors for Ruckus, Galper also spearheaded the marketing and management of the business by serving as Vice President of Marketing. He also held the position of Vice President of Corporate Development and handled licensing content and the development of strategic partnerships to monetize the base of Ruckus users. Ruckus was eventually acquired by Total Music, a joint venture of Sony BMG and Universal Music Group. During his time there, Galper was able to grow Ruckus by successfully securing funding and negotiating multiple profitable agreements with over 80 colleges and universities for Ruckus’s services.
Before becoming an entrepreneur and becoming involved in his own ventures, David was a Technology & Innovation Management consultant at Arthur D. Little. While working at Arthur D. Little, David helped multiple businesses launch and worked with the research and development teams of both start-ups and Fortune 100 companies to complete market research for their new technologies and develop their first partnerships and sales. David Galper also held a position at Idealab where he was Director of Business Development for one of the leading technology incubators. After Galper founded Ruckus, he continued to develop and expand the company as an "Entrepreneur-In-Residence" (EIR) at Battery Ventures.
Galper graduated with a B.A. in economics and environmental studies from Brandeis University and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He currently resides in Massachusetts and enjoys playing hockey and watching the Redsox.
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