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Dave Lavinsky is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of business planning, exit strategy planning, capital raising, and new venture development. Over the past decade, Dave has guest lectured at top universities, and has written hundreds of articles on entrepreneurship, business planning and capital raising. He has also developed entrepreneurship guides and products that have helped over 500,000 entrepreneurs to successfully start, grow and/or exit their companies.
Within Growthink’s consulting practice, Dave has managed more than 150 client engagements. He particularly enjoys helping early stage companies prepare for significant growth as he has done with Dakim (brain fitness products for Alzheimer’s prevention), Sandel Medical (innovative medical supplies and safety solutions), XCom Wireless (MEMS-based radio frequency solutions) and numerous other businesses. Dave also conducted the market research and wrote the initial business plan for Keyspan Energy Services, now part of National Grid, which grew from zero to over $1 billion in revenues in less than three years.
Dave also launched and runs Growthink University, which is the leading community for entrepreneurs and business owners to learn how to raise capital and grow their businesses. Among other things, members get access to over 50 one-on-one expert interviews that Dave has conducted. These interviews include prominent venture capitalists such as Guy Kawasaki and Brad Feld, prominent angel investors like John Morris (former Chairman of the world’s largest angel investor network), and best-selling authors such as Dr. Geoff Smart (hiring expert), Steve Kaplan (sales expert) and Laura Stack (productivity expert).
Dave walks the talk. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having started and exited multiple Internet and product-focused ventures, including Emerge Juice and Nutrition Systems, a wellness products developer and distributor; Shoutmouth, a niche music-focused social networking site; Z Reporter LLC, owner of over 3,000 niche-focused information websites; and TopPayingKeywords, a Search Engine Marketing & Optimization research data firm.