David Townsend is the Union Bank Junior Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and teaches courses primarily in the entrepreneurship area. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Dr. Townsend served as an Assistant Professor in the Jenkins Graduate School of Management at NC State University and the University of Oklahoma where he taught courses in entrepreneurship, global strategy, and technology management. In addition to teaching classes, Dr. Townsend utilizes his experience in entrepreneurship to coach award-winning business plan competition teams, and continues to advise a variety of start-ups in diverse industries such as mobile/online gaming, web/app development, healthcare, big data/analytics, micro-distilleries, etc.
Dr. Townsend’s research specializes in resource mobilization processes including crowd funding, angel investments, and venture capital among technology-based ventures. He also conducts research on growth strategies, organizational development, and CEO decision-making in technology-oriented companies and maintains an active publishing stream in most of the top entrepreneurship and management academic journals. Dr. Townsend has served as a guest commentator on entrepreneurship themes on NPR and The Burrill Report, and some of his research has been highlighted in business-oriented press outlets such as Gigaom.com/The New York Times.com, BusinessWeek, TechCrunch, TechJournal South, WalletHub among many others.
Dr. Townsend is native of Virginia and graduated from Tabb High School in Yorktown, VA in 1994.