Dave Pell runs Arba, a family investment group, where he’s been helping entrepreneurs build successful startups since the early days of the first Internet boom; back when seed rounds had valuations, offices had cubicles, and term sheets arrived via fax.

Arba (meaning four) is a partnership among Dave and his three sisters–who leave him alone as long as the returns remain astronomical. He operates much like an angel investor, acting quickly, and working with other small funds and individual investors to seed and grow early stage companies in the Bay Area, Oregon, Seattle, Chicago and beyond.

About Dave Pell 

When Dave’s not vesting, he’s typing. His writing about technology and the intersection of our real lives and the realtime, interactive, social web has been featured in Time, Wired, NPR, Forbes, Vice, Gizmodo, and elsewhere. He currently writes NextDraft, a look at the day’s most fascinating news. He also has a pretty bad Medium habit. Dave sits on the board of 826 Valencia. Dave is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. But enough about him; you’re supposed to be doing the pitching.


A sampling of Arba’s current portfolio, with a couple from the greatest hits collection

Marketplace: GrubHub (ipo), Open Table (ipo), Hotel Tonight, Parkwhiz, 2nd Address, Liftopia, PMR, Pro.com, Jobox

FinTech/Pricing/Data: Marin Software (ipo), HoneyBee, YCharts, Beyond Pricing, Tickr.com

SAAS: AppZen, Passport, AtVenu, Corrigo

Consumer/IOT: Automatic, Loop

Content: Epic Magazine

Small Biz: Proven, Zerply, Line 2

Geo: Navisens, Carmera, Planet Watchers

Health and Ed Tech: PulseData, Hello Heart, ThinkCerca