David joined Austral Group as an early-stage investor and strategic advisor in 2007. David has made a career helping start and scale innovative businesses in Latin America, leveraging connections with the US and the world. He has exercised a wide variety of roles, including CEO, CFO, Board Member and Strategic Advisor, through almost all stages of company development. Since 2017, David has specialized in b2b software-as-a-service (“b2b SaaS”), serving as board member and advisor to early-stage Chilean companies and, more recently, co-founding Portola Growth Partners, the Region’s first investment group dedicated to b2b SaaS. David owes much of his company-building experience to Derco SA (2004-2013), one of South America’s largest distributors of automobiles and machinery, where he spearheaded approximately US$500mm of new initiatives, including pioneering the importation and marketing of Chinese automotive and truck brands into Chile and Peru, and more recently as CEO of AutoPlanet, an automotive parts and supplies retailer owned by Derco. Earlier work includes Quiñenco SA (Luksic Group), CFO of Habitaria, a real estate start-up, and Devorame.com, a Latin American streaming music service he co-founded in 1999. David started his career in corporate mergers and acquisitions at The Bridgeford Group in New York, now part of JP Morgan. David holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BA Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Harvard College. Outside of work, he enjoys his young kids’ entrepreneurial adventures, and dreams of one day returning to Santiago’s professional jazz scene as an award-winning saxophonist.