David Szekely founded Columbvs in 2017 by leveraging on his experience as a corporate lawyer and on an extensive business career, both as entrepreneur and investor. He uses a pragmatic approach to solving complex operational, financial and legal issues. David is an angel investor in and advisory board member of several early-stage tech companies. He is also an advisor to JAG Shaw Baker is a strategic law firm at the center of the European technology and venture capital ecosystem.

David started his career as a corporate lawyer at Fried Frank in New York where he represented clients with respect to mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital. He then co-founded, managed and successfully sold a group of startup companies in the United States and in France. He was also member of the founding team of White Star Capital, a venture capital fund with offices in New York and London. 

David holds an MBA from INSEAD. He also graduated from Columbia Law School in the United States and from University Paris II Pantheon-Assas in France, and is admitted to both the New York bar and French bar.