Dave Whorton is an entrepreneur, business leader, education reformer, and investor. Dave founded four companies including Good Technology and Drugstore.com. He also worked for three venture capital firms, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, TPG, and Interwest.
A small angel investment that Dave made in 2005 opened his eyes to an alternative way of supporting seasoned entrepreneurs who wanted to build large, profitable, innovative businesses that they would run privately for their lifetimes. In 2013 he founded The Tugboat Institute, a membership organisation designed to support Evergreen leaders and their companies over the very long term.
Dave Whorton - From Built to Sell to Built to Last - The Tugboat Institute Story [The Business of Family]
Episode | 21 September 2020 | 53 mins 48 secs
evergreen, first generation, founding generation, g1, kleiner perkins, permanent capital, private equity, stewardship, tpg, tugboat group, tugboat institute, venture capital, ypo
Dave Whorton's resume is almost unbelievable. From a brand name VC in Silicon Valley working at Kleiner Perkins to a stint in private equity with TPG and ultimately to founding Tugboat Institute - a different way of building profitable and evergreen businesses that last the test of time.