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To be of championship caliber, a crew must have total confidence in each other, able to drive with abandon, confident that no person will get the full weight of the pull.”

– George Pocock

David DeRuff, Partner

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

David has over 30 years of experience in investment banking. He began his career at Morgan Stanley followed by a dozen years at Montgomery Securities and Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette. David then founded, built and sold East Peak Advisors, a leading M&A advisor to emerging technology companies prior to joining DBO in 2015. David has completed well over 100 transactions in his career.

David is responsible for developing business, managing relationships, providing strategic advice, and advising on M&A and financing transactions.  He is known as a thought leader and hands-on advisor to growth companies and their investors in industries where technology plays a transformative role. Selected transactions at DBO include AGP, Oversight Systems, and ClearStory.

David earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He was a member of the 1984 US Olympic Rowing Team and finished sixth in the pair without coxswain event. David continues racing at the international level today.

David and his wife Elizabeth live in Larkspur, California and have three grown children.