about dave

“because we can, we must….”

Dave Chen’s commitment to sustainability is a result of his work in venture capital, regional economic development and energy policy. Throughout his career, Dave has seen the greatest impact – financially and personally – when his heart was tied to operational goals. In founding Equilibrium Capital Group (eq-cap), Dave’s plan is to repeat that pattern.

In 2007, Dave was a visiting executive at the Meyer Memorial Trust developing a investing thesis on mission-related investing (MRI); this tool has since been adopted by several institutions. In late 2007, he applied the MRI findings to form Equilibrium Capital Group, an Oregon-based holding company building a portfolio of operating companies managing assets in key sustainability sectors. Each of these companies is charged with executing a unique investment strategy in a targeted area: green buildings; resource efficiency; energy; water; land; carbon; and agriculture.  

Previously, Dave was a general partner at OVP Venture Partners, joining the firm in 2001. His investments at OVP include @once (acquired by InfoUSA), Ambric, Intelligent Results (acquired by First Data), Net6 (acquired by Citrix), Tzero and UXComm. He served on the board of @mobile prior to its acquisition by Software.com. Until 2002 Dave served on the board of HNC Software when it was merged with FICO (NASDAQ:HNCS, now NYSE:FIC).

Prior to OVP, Dave founded GeoTrust (acquired by VeriSign 2006) and The Ascent Group; was Vice President Marketing Mentor Graphics; was an associate at McKinsey & Company; and was an early team member in 1978 at Solectron.

Dave serves as:

  • Board Member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Portland Branch
  • Governor-Appointed Chairman of the Oregon Innovation Council
  • Advisory Board Member of the Oregon Investment Fund (OIF)
  • Advisory Board of the X Prize for Energy & Environment
  • Board member of the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)
  • Board member of The Freshwater Trust
  • Board member of B Corp
  • Chairman (2003-2009) of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)
  • Chairman (2006) of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum
  • Faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, on the topic of sustainability and finance
  • Faculty for The Prince of Wales’s Business and the Environment Programme (University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership)

Dave has a B.A. in biology, from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.M. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Dave is co-owner of Patton Valley Vineyards, committed to making the finest Pinot Noir based on sustainable vineyard practices. 

Contact:              chen@eq-cap.com
Blog:                    www.quuh.wordpress.com
FB:                        http://www.facebook.com/dypchen

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3 Responses to “about dave”

  1. Wow!

  2. Dave

    Your life after missing Microsoft has turned out wonderful. Could not have happened to a nicer guy. All the best to you and your family.

    Brian Maggs

  3. Dave,
    thanks for all you’ve contributed to oregon’s present and future. it’s defiitely about sustainablity and doing a 180 asap so our kids can grow up to drink great pinot.
    see you in the hood.

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