👋, I’m Dave.
I’ve created this Read Me so that people can get to know me as we start to work together.
I’ve been a marketer for ~20 years. I love marketing because one of my biggest passions is storytelling. I’ve always been fascinated by narratives – good vs. evil, the hero’s journey, protagonists and antagonists. I also love marketing because it’s rooted in psychology (my wife is a therapist so this runs in the family) and I find it fascinating to tune into how people think and make decisions. I love marketing because it ignites both the right side of the brain and the left, the creative and the analytical, at the same time. I’m also a word nerd, so marketing allows me to write…a lot. It’s been a great craft to hone and I feel I’m still learning everyday.
Most of my early career was in consumer marketing. I’ve had the opportunity to work on emerging marketplaces and payments brands, like eBay and PayPal, and social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter. I helped start a nonprofit called TRUSTe and, in the early days of the Internet, I worked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation on advancing rights like privacy and security online.
A few years ago, I moved into B2B and developer marketing, largely because I was seeing the consumerization of business technology and saw that the ‘rise of the developer’ led to a product-led growth model that was similar to consumer marketing. Plus, I thought that a lot of legacy B2B marketing was b-o-r-i-n-g, so I wanted to jump in and add some shazam to the category. I’ve had the opportunity to work for brands like Cloudflare, LogDNA, and now I’m here at GitLab.
You can find the full rundown here.
I lead the product marketing team and am interim leading brand, content, design teams. All together these functions are responsible for telling the GitLab story at the corporate, brand, solution, and product level. We’re all storytellers and, working together, we can ensure that GitLab speaks with one voice to our many audiences. We also sit at the intersection of marketing, product, sales, and customer success which helps us connect a lot of dots and accelerate GitLab’s path to market.
Leadership philosophy: I have a pretty straightforward leadership philosophy:
Mission: My professional mission is to unlock people’s potential. I care deeply about my teammates and there’s no greater reward for me than helping people develop and grow their careers. My teams tend to view me as a coach and a player – I invest in coaching my teammates and will roll up my sleeves to help them build. I invest in my teammates' careers mentoring some of them after they’ve gone on to other companies.
Collaboration style: I’m highly collaborative. Brainstorms make me happy. As a collaborator, I’m more jazz than classical – I like to scribble outside the lines.
My Myers-Briggs: I’m an ENFP – Extrovert, Intuitive, Feeler, Perceiver. I’m fairly extroverted with a bundle of energy (watch out, some have said I can be a ‘blender without a cap’); I focus on team harmony and consensus building; and, as a perceiver, sometimes I treat deadlines too much like moveable objects (I’m working on that).
My StrengthsFinder: I’m a huge believer that people should soar with their strengths. Here are a few from my top 10 StrengthsFinder that resonated with me:
I live in San Francisco with my wife (Melissa - therapist), daughter (Ella - 15 year old & into musical theater), and dog (Louie). Melissa and I moved here from Vermont & Massachusetts 20 years ago and have developed deep roots in San Francisco.
Here are the things that I do in my happy place outside of work:
I also serve on the board of directors of a San Francisco nonprofit organization called Friends of the Urban Forest. If you’ve been to SF, you’ll have seen our trees everywhere.
I hope this Read Me has helped you get to know me. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, hit me up for a coffee chat (I love those!).