David Siemer is a venture capitalist and cryptocurrency enthusiast. He is the founder of several VC-related entities, including Wavemaker (an early-stage fund for tech startups) Siemer & Associates (a global technology investment bank), and Wavemaker Genesis (a Blockchain and cryptocurrency consultancy firm).
Early Life & Education
Siemer was raised in Columbus, Ohio. He received his Bachelor's in Accounting & Management Information Systems from Lehigh University in 1996. He later earned his M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago in 2004.
David Siemer started his career in 1995 working at Desco Investment Group, a Chicago-based Internet and software venture fund. In 1997, he became a Senior Analyst, performing various analyses for companies and industries. He became a partner at Desco Capital in 2001, where he managed venture capital investments for several companies. He helped sell Total Control Products General Electric, Conquest Communications to AT&T, StorageApps to Hewlett-Packard, and Enact Software to Sage SalesLogix.
In 2003, Siemer began pursuing his own venture capital endeavors and founded Wavemaker Partners. Formerly known as Siemer Ventures, Wavemaker assists early-growth tech companies to achieve their full potential. Since then, he has invested in over 150 Internet, Mobile and Enterprise technology startups. Supporting close to 100 active portfolio companies, they make an average of 20 to 30 new investments each year in digital media startups.
In 2014, Wavemaker Partners became a member of the DFJ Global Network, one of the world’s leading venture capital collectives.
Montgomery & Co.
In 2005, David began working for Montgomery & Co. He served as a key member of their Digital Media Investment Banking Group, where he led sales to major media companies such as News Corp, Google, Sony, Yahoo!, Hearst, Viacom, WPP, and Disney. He also managed equity private placements from multiple venture capital firms and hedge funds.
Siemer & Associates
In 2007, Siemer founded Siemer & Associates (S&A), an investment bank that works with technology, software, and digital media companies throughout their complete life cycles. S&A became one of the largest boutique ibanks focused on cross-boarder M&A and Capital Raises.
In June 2017, David Siemer co-founded Wavemaker Genesis, a joint venture between Wavemaker Partners and angel investor Scott Walker. Together, they aim to bring an early-stage venture strategy to the cryptocurrency and blockchain market. He is the firm's General Partner and has helped Wavemaker Genesis invest in several crypto and blockchain entities, including Ethereum, EOS, Civic, STORJ, and more.