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David Coats

Founder and Managing Director, Correlation Ventures

Correlation Ventures has taken a different approach as a venture capital firm since its founding in 2012 by David Coats and Trevor Kienzle. Coats has described the philosophy as being analytic driven, co-investing with their quantitative analysis to supplement their investing partner’s due diligence. Correlation does not demand a seat on the board of directors and prefers to make an investment decision within two weeks. Backed by leading institutional investors, Correlation has more than $350 million under management. In early 2017, the firm raised an oversubscribed $200 million fund. Coats began his venture capital career in 1997, and prior to Correlation was a managing director of Hamilton BioVentures, an early-stage venture capital fund. He founded Spine Wave, a venture-funded medical device company and as director of business development of UroMed Corp. helped complete a public offering.

ALMA MATER: Princeton University (B.S., Biology), Harvard Business School (MBA):

JUDGEMENT: He recently was a judge at the Quick Pitch event sponsored by the San Diego Venture Group and the San Diego chapter of Tech Coast Angels.