Mike Dauber

General Partner

Mike Dauber is a General Partner of Amplify Partners. He has more than nine years of experience as an early-stage investor and consigliere to founders. Mike spends time across Amplify’s focus areas of cloud, data & analytics, and cyber security.

Mike is passionate about working with people who have passion for something. He’s focused on working with people who are the best in their field who strive to make an impact in a market where they have a deep understanding.

Prior to joining Amplify as a General Partner, Mike spent more than six years at Battery Ventures, where he most recently lead early-stage enterprise investments on the West Coast. While at Battery, he was on the Boards of Cask, Duetto, Interana, and Platfora (acquired WDAY). Mike also lead Battery’s investment in Vera, which is also in Amplify’s portfolio. He previously invested in Splunk (SPLK) and RelateIQ (acquired CRM). He was named to Forbes’ Midas Brink List in 2014. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and is on the advisory board of both the O’Reilly Strata Conference as well as SXSW. Mike began his career as a hardware engineer at a start-up and later held product, business development, and sales roles at Altera and Xilinx. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

As many will attest, Mike enjoys a spirited debate about almost anything. He is a huge sports fan and also enjoys the outdoors and traveling with his family. He is married with three kids and his dog Molly, who is a frequent visitor to the Amplify office.

Favorite advice for startups

Don’t run out of money and focus efforts in go-to market — technical founders, especially, are often surprised by how much time and energy goes into early sales process. Focusing on a vertical or two saves time and money.

Places he’s lived before the Bay Area

Northern Virginia; Brittany, France; Ann Arbor, MI. Mike also claims to be a virtual resident of Brooklyn where his parents and grandparents were born and raised.