David Spreng

Chairman, Founder, CEO, and CIO


Runway Growth Capital

David founded Runway Growth Capital in 2015 and is a member of the firm’s investment committee.

David is a seasoned and respected Silicon Valley-based investment executive, with 30 years of experience as a venture capitalist and growth debt lender. As a VC, he has been active in the formation and development of nearly 50 technology companies with 18 IPOs and 14 trade-sales. He was ranked four times by Forbes magazine on their annual Midas List as one of the top 50 venture capitalists; in 2006 he was ranked the #8 VC.

Beginning in 2010, David transitioned from venture capital to growth lending as a Co-Founder of Decathlon Capital Partners, a provider of revenue-based loans to small, fast-growing, bootstrapped companies. His experience at Decathlon opened his eyes to the opportunity to use debt as an alternative to equity to finance the growth of both venture-backed and non-venture backed growth companies. In 2015, he formed what is today Runway Growth Capital to pursue this vision.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Friday March 31, 2023

Exploring the Latest Trends and Opportunities in Venture Debt Financing

  • Are we now in a lender friendly market?
  • Are FinTech’s a threat?
  • Post SVB landscape?
  • Early stage vs late stage?
  • Are big platforms like Black Stone, KKR, etc. serious about participating?
  • Impact on fund raising?
  • Is ESG is a factor?