David Goldberg

General Partner

David Goldberg is General Partner at Alpaca VC, which recently rebranded from Corigin Ventures.

Goldberg's responsibilities include deal sourcing, analysis, and execution, as well as portfolio company support. His investment interest areas include marketplaces, subscription commerce, shifting demographics and the sharing economy. He sits on the Board of Directors of The Inside, Minibar Delivery and Perch Interactive.

Previously, Goldberg was co-founder and CEO of FreshNeck, a men's accessory rental subscription business, where he led day-to-day operations until its exit in early 2014. David began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, NY, before transitioning to finance, first with Merrill Lynch, then at Jefferies & Co.

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Notable Investments

Minibar, Meural, Perch Interactive, The Inside

Questions & Answers

Origin Story: In a couple sentences, how would you describe your path to becoming an investor?

After spending years in boring, traditional careers (law + finance), I got bit by the entrepreneurial bug and launched a startup, ultimately selling it 4 years later. Coming away with a passion for early stage startups and helping founders, I launched Corigin Ventures, now Alpaca, with my partner.

Investment Approach: What are the key factors you consider when evaluating a founding team?

Integrity, grit, curiosity, ability to inspire, domain expertise.

What's your style and approach when it comes to working with founders post-investment? What are the characteristics of founders you've worked well with?

As a former founder, I enjoy working with first time founders, where ideally they bring unique domain insights to compliment.

If I'm coming to pitch to you or your firm, what's the one piece of advice you'd give me?

An open conversation is better than a sales pitch. Transparency and self-awareness goes a long way with me.

How would you describe your own personal mission and values, and how do they impact the way you invest?

I'm driven by impact - from me to my firm, from my firm to the founders we invest in, and from our portfolio companies to their industries and society at large.

What do you like best about investing in NYC, and what’s your outlook on the future of NYC tech?

In NYC, there is no single founder archetype - their are brilliant and inspiring people from all sorts of background and industries.