David Fogel, Expert on Call

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Venture Capital Investor

Expertise: Finance, Financial Services, and International Law

David Fogel is a two-time successful entrepreneur and proven business executive with extensive experience at all stages of the entrepreneurial process – business inception, raising various forms of capital and investing himself in start-ups, scaling and operating businesses, and exiting mature companies. Most recently, David served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of IndexIQ, an innovative exchange-traded fund (ETF) issuer with over $4 billion in assets under management. In April 2015, New York Life, a Fortune 75 company, completed its acquisition of IndexIQ. As of January 2018, David became Senior Advisor to IndexIQ-NY Life Investment Management.


David began his career in 1997 as a corporate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. In 1999, he co-founded, along with two other Georgetown graduates, SmartPortfolio.com, Inc., which became a leading email financial newsletter business with over 250,000 subscribers that was sold to TheStreet.com, Inc., a publicly-traded financial information company, in 2000. After the sale, David joined TheStreet.com where he integrated his prior business and led new product development. In 2003, he helped launch Circle Peak Capital LLC, a private equity firm focused on investments in small-cap consumer product and financial services companies. In 2005, David became Vice President at Groton Partners, a boutique merchant bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions and sophisticated private investments. In 2006, he left Groton Partners to start IndexIQ with two partners, one of whom had been a fellow student with him at Georgetown.


David received a B.S., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, a J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Georgetown University Law Center where he served as an editor on the Georgetown Law Journal, and an M.B.A. (concentration in finance) from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. At Georgetown, he currently serves on the Advisory Boards for The McDonough School of Business and The Wall Street Alliance and was the recipient of both the Alumni Association Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the School of Business Dean’s Award in 2016. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching Entrepreneurship beginning in the Spring 2018 semester. David also is a member of the Board of Trustees of Freedom House, a 75-year non-partisan organization that promotes freedom, human rights and democratic change globally.