Investing Team

Dave Furneaux Photo Dave Furneaux
Founder & Managing Partner

Dave has over 15 years of venture investing and company building experience. He focuses on a broad range of opportunities in information technology and Internet markets. He represents Kodiak on the Boards of GreenLight Biosciences, Lumicell, Qvidian, and Fluxion.

Prior to founding Kodiak in late 1999, Dave ran a highly successful seed stage investment company called Furneaux & Company between 1995 and 1999. In 1993, Dave was a member of the early team at Chrysalis Symbolic Design, a semiconductor design company, and was responsible for directing east coast and major account sales. The company was later acquired by Synopsys. Prior to that, he was a telecommunications analyst with the National Conference.

During his career as an entrepreneur, investor and fund manager, Dave has been directly involved in the conception, founding, launching and operations of many high growth companies in the information technology landscape. Selected earlier investments include ALIS (Karl Zeiss), Auroranetics (Cisco), Extreme Packet Devices (PMC-Sierra), Enfora (Novatel), Philsar (IDT), RMI (Netlogic) Skystone (Cisco), Telica (Alcatel/Lucent) Watchfire (IBM), BTI Systems (Juniper Network), Cortina (Inphi), Vette (Heico), and Application Security (Trustwave/Singtel).

Dave holds a B.A. from Colorado College, Phi Beta Kappa.

Statement of Purpose
"Working with talented entrepreneurs that have the drive and the sense for what it takes to build great companies is what it is all about for me. It is what draws me to do it again and again."

Chip Meakem Photo Chip Meakem
Managing Partner

Based in New York, Chip leads our efforts in digital media focusing primarily on e-commerce, internet advertising, gaming, and a broad range of supporting technologies and services. Chip currently serves on the Board of Directors of NYC based Appnexus.

Chip joined Kodiak from Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham. At DFJ Gotham Chip led investments and served on the boards of ContextWeb; Ingenio (acquired by AT&T); Massive Inc. (acquired by Microsoft); NanoOpto; Pantero (acquired by Progress Software); Practical Engineering; Q-Link Technologies (acquired by Adobe Systems); Quantiva (acquired by NetScout Systems); ideeli acquired by Groupon); TRA Global (acquired by TiVo); and WHERE (acquired by eBay). Chip was also a personal seed investor in FreeMarkets Inc., which made its IPO in December 1999 and peaked at $12B market cap.

Before moving to the Venture side, Chip was an early employee at Interactive Imaginations where he started the Commonwealth Network (launched in Q1 1996), one of the Internet's first advertising networks, building it from a concept to top 10 media property with 10,000 sites. Interactive Imaginations eventually became 24/7 Media and went public in 1998. Chip also worked at N2k and was responsible for strategic distribution partnerships for the leading music e-tailer.

Chip holds a B.A. from Cornell University, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Statement of Purpose
"The digital media landscape is in constant flux creating new markets and business model opportunities at an incredible pace. I love working with founders and teams to create and execute the vision to create market leaders."

Lou Volpe Photo Lou Volpe
Managing Partner

Lou Volpe leads Kodiak's investment efforts in software and core technology areas with over 25 years of technology industry experience. He focuses on new and unique software products and technologies that are disruptive and provide quick ROI to customers. He represents Kodiak on the boards of Egenera and HighRoads.

Prior to joining Kodiak in 2000, Lou had a distinguished career as part of the executive management teams at three of the most successful technology companies in the Boston area - ArrowPoint Communications, GeoTel Communications and Parametric Technology. He has served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing as well as a Board member at these companies. Each had very successful IPO's, and both ArrowPoint Communications and GeoTel Communications were acquired by Cisco Systems in multi-billion dollar transactions. At Kodiak, several of his portfolio companies have had recent successful exits with ChannelAdvisor going public, SpaceClaim being acquired by ANSYS and Newforma's position bought by Battery Ventures. Lou has also served on the Board of Directors of a number of public companies including Atria (acquired by IBM) and Softdesk (acquired by Autodesk).

Lou is an enthusiastic golfer and has run the Boston marathon. In addition to being involved with his local community, he is a former member of the Board of Trustee's at the New England Aquarium, an advisor to Tufts University's Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, and on the Dean's Advisory Board for the School of Management at Boston University. In 2008, Boston University awarded him the Henry Morgan Award for outstanding contribution to the Institute for Technology and Entrepreneurship and Commercialization.

Lou holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

Statement of Purpose
"I truly enjoy working with young entrepreneurs to build the next great technology company. My vast experience in having lived and breathed in startup companies helps me be a great mentor and advisor to talented Founders and entrepreneurs to create something of value."