Speaker's Bio

Dr David Bell

President and Founding Partner, Idea Farm Ventures

Former Chaired Professor of Marketing, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

David is President and Founding Partner of Idea Farm Ventures, a permanent capital consumer venture studio based in New York City. David was an early investor in leading digital economy companies including Bonobos (acquired by Walmart for $310m), Diapers.com (acquired by Amazon for $545m), Harry’s, Jet.com (acquired by Walmart for $3.3b), and Warby Parker, among many others.

Previously, during a 20-year academic career, David held the Xinmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Chaired Professorship at the Wharton School where he was an award-winning teacher and researcher and created Wharton’s programs on digital marketing and e-commerce.

David is author of Location is (Still) Everything: The Surprising Influence of the Real World on How We Search, Shop, and Sell in the Virtual One an authoritative book on how to win in the digital economy and speaks globally for clients including Alibaba, Al-Futtaim, Google, Haier, Nike, and Ralph Lauren. He holds a Ph.D. (Business) and an M.S. (Statistics) from Stanford University, and an M.Com. (1st Class) and B.Com. from the University of Auckland. He lives in New York City.