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Dave Whelan
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Dave Whelan

Strategy consultant and advisor building businesses and inspiring entrepreneurs at intersection of technology, health, and wellness. Launched one of 1st health wearables. Developed and launched New York Genome Center. UCLA Anderson MBA, Stanford BS.

Website: http://about.me/djwhelan
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/djwhelan
Twitter: http://twitter.com/djwhelan
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Sherman Oaks, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since December 28, 2009
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Type of investor Angel
Typical investment size Under $25,000
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Stanford, UCLA
Credentials Accredited Investor
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2002 UCLA Anderson School , MBA , Entrepreneurship
1992 Stanford University , BS , Symbolic Systems
2002 London Business School MBA International Exchange Programme
1992 Carnegie Mellon University undergrad studies (transferred to Stanford)

I am a(n):

Strategy Consultant, Entrepreneur, Advisor, Interim Executive

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:

Uber, HotelTonight, Apple :-)

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

What is most frustrating is that there is never enough time in the day. What is most rewarding is that when it hits, you know it, and the rush is amazing.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Biting off more than they can chew

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Keep looking: the solution is out there
Keep innovating: you can always do it better
Stay humble: the world is a big place

Why do you like working with scientists?

Sometimes it takes scientists a while to realize it, but the scientific method and scientific research are a lot like entrepreneurship: Identify a problem. Create a hypothesis. Pilot your solution. Assess the results. Course-correct. Keep at it until you are successful.

Why focus on the intersection of technology, health, and wellness?

I've been working in and around health, wellness, and fitness long before healthtech and digital health became buzzwords. Nobody can argue with the value of health. Everyone wants to be healthy. Everyone wants to be healthier. The opportunity to help people, to impact their lives, to enrich and extend their lives, is particularly humbling.

Full bio

David J. Whelan is a seasoned strategy, business development, and general management executive building businesses and inspiring entrepreneurs at the intersection of technology, health, and wellness. As a consultant, advisor, entrepreneur, and operating executive, Dave has devoted his career to building successful businesses, from strategic, operational, financial, and human capital standpoints. He was an integral part of the creation of New York Genome Center, a unique not- for-profit scientific research institute, where he served as Chief Strategy Officer and collaborated on development of the business plan, fundraising of $115 million, and operational launch. He launched one of the first fitness tracking wearables with 24 Hour Fitness. Dave holds an MBA with Honors from UCLA Anderson School and a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University