Early Life & Education
Smooke grew up in Lewistown Pennsylvania.
He later graduated cum laude from theUniversity of Redlandswith a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Non-fiction Creative Writing in 2010. He received the Presidential Scholarship, Academic Achievement Award, and made the Dean's list. 
While studying at the University of Redlands, Smooke worked as a Research Assistant and Fact Checker for Leslie Brodie's biography about Jessica "Decca" Mitford. He also worked as an Economics Tutor at the university. 
Smooke then spent 2011-2015 at SmartRecruiters, a recruiting software company, where he was a a marketing director. 
In February 2015, David Smooke founded ArtMap Inc., which gained notoriety as a startup marketing firm  and then became a digital publishing operation , creating such sites as ARTplusMarketing.com, PSiLoveYou.xyz, & ExtraNewsfeed.com, and Hackernoon.com.
Hackernoon has grown to 7k+ contributing writers, 200k+ daily readers, and 8M+ monthly pageviews. They raised $1M via equity crowdfunding in Jan. 2019. 
David is married to Linh Dao Smooke.