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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

David Touve

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Huntley 210
(540) 458-8346

Professional Website | Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Vanderbilt University (2010)

MBA, University of Sydney / University of New South Wales (2004)

BA, Northwestern University (1990)


(1) The implications of new technologies (e.g., automation and networks) for work, organizations, and industries - in particular, the copyright and education industries.

(2) How "opportunity" emerges and is understood - particularly in startup settings.

(3) The practice of startup ventures, and how that practice is both learned and transferred.


Strategic Management, iStartup, Wicked Problems, Social Entrepreneurship


David is currently an Assistant Professor of Business at Washington and Lee University, where he teaches courses in strategy and entrepreneurship. He developed and now teaches the three new Entrepreneurship courses at W&L: iStartup, dubbed "one part Entrepreneurship 101 and one part Amazing Race"; Social Entrepreneurship, an introduction of social ventures and the social venture community; and Wicked Problems, a spring-term simulation of a social venture. All of these courses are open to students of sophomore standing or higher, from any major across the campus. David also teaches Strategic Management, one of the two capstone courses in the Business major.

Outside the classroom, David conducts both academic and industry research on questions at the intersection of innovation and opportunity. His industry clients have included Fortune 100 firms, global nonprofits, and startups. He has published and presented in both academic and industry settings, accumulating tens of thousands of flyer miles along the way. Furthermore, David has been interviewed for or his work has been cited by media outlets such as: the Financial Times, WIRED, Billboard, Congressional Quarterly, and the Guardian.

Previously, David founded or held management/advisory roles in thirteen startup ventures, leading to experience across the new venture life cycle-from idea to acquisition and even failure. Seven of these firms experienced successful exits, three failed, and three are still operating today. Prior to this startup experience, David was a market maker in currency and index options, and a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.