2013 Sal Buccieri Venture Memorial Impact Award

The Sal Buccieri Venture Memorial Impact Award

The Sal Buccieri Memorial Venture Impact Award is awarded to an individual in the venture capital and entrepreneurial community who exemplifies the passion towards seeing early stage entrepreneurial opportunities succeed and flourish. This individual is one who has clearly impacted early stage technology and fast growth venture opportunities by providing the essential capital, extensive counseling and necessary vision to allow such companies to win in today’s competitive environment. The recipient of this Award is one who strives to create a better environment for all so that entrepreneurs achieve their dreams and attain success.

The Sal Buccieri Memorial Venture Impact Award is named in memory for Salvatore Buccieri. Sal passed away in December 2000 after a hard-fought battle with cancer at the age of 39. Sal was a partner at Arthur Andersen in the Growth Company Practice that he joined in 1984 after graduating from Drexel University. He worked extensively throughout his career assisting early stage companies with financial and business issues. Sal was closely involved with Early Stage East℠ and is missed by all.


David Bookspan Founding Partner, DreamIt Ventures

David is Founding Partner of DreamIt Ventures. DreamIt is the third ranked startup accelerator in the world. DreamIt catapults idea- and early-stage businesses to market in 3 months, by stripping away as many obstacles as possible and surrounding entrepreneurs with as many resources as they can handle. DreamIt has launched 127 companies since 2008, including: LevelUp/SCVNGR, Notehall (acquired by Chegg), SeatGeek, SnipSnap, Take the Interview, Cloudamize, Betterific, TrendKite, CloudMine, Parsely, MindSnacks, Winston, YEVVO, Peeractive, and Adaptly. www.dreamitventures.com

David also is Founder and Chairman of Monetate, Inc., which allows digital marketers to move faster and smarter. Monetate empowers marketers with the big data insights, personalization, merchandising, testing, analytics, and expertise that they need to anticipate and react to customer behavior. The result: eCommerce purveyors deliver the relevant online experiences customers demand, build brand loyalty, and drive new revenue. www.monetate.com

David was the Founder, President and CEO of MarketSpan, Inc., whose CaseStream® service aggregated and enhanced court docket information and created new research tools and marketing opportunities for legal professionals. David sold MarketSpan, and CaseStream was rebranded and thrives today as LexisNexis CourtLink.

David is the former Vice Chairman of Mid-Atlantic Angel Group Fund I (“MAG”) and Past-President of Robin Hood Ventures.

David is a recovering lawyer. He was a litigation partner at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, LLP (of blessed memory).

David also was a pitcher in the Semi-Pro Spanish Federation of Baseball Leagues. His duties included keeping runners off base. David retired before his outfielders got hurt.

David was graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Editor of the Law Review, and Vassar College.