David Luk

David Luk

Principal

Empowering Entrepreneurs.

David brings to Safeguard and its partner companies a complementary set of experiences with deep entrepreneurial, strategic and transactional experience as a co-founder, consultant to the Fortune 500, and involvement in over 30 M&A and capital raise deals.

At Safeguard, David focuses primarily on software and technology-enabled services. He is responsible for supporting existing partner companies and identifying and evaluating new companies. David is a board member of Safeguard partner company CloudMine.

Prior to joining Safeguard, David was a co-founder of Quewey, an institutional-backed digital media company which was sold in late-2012. In addition to his start-up experience, David brings to Safeguard a big company strategic perspective from his time as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, where he developed web strategies for Fortune 500 companies, advised on digital marketing initiatives and completed operational and strategic studies in enterprise software and financial and healthcare technology.

David started his career as an investment banker and was a Vice President of technology banking at Fairmount Partners, an investment bank focused on the needs of middle market and emerging growth companies. At Fairmount, David developed extensive transaction experience in the enterprise software and IT services industries, helping close over 30 deals, representing over $1 billion in aggregate value.

David received an M.B.A. in Finance and Environmental Risk Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.

"As entrepreneurs and operators supporting visionaries and game changers, Safeguard can truly fill the needs of early- and growth-stage companies looking to assemble teams who have first-hand experience building great companies."

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