David is the founder of the Tampa Bay investment firms Florida Funders and Seedfunders. He is also the recipient of the 2019 TiE Tampa Bay Angel Investor TiETAN Award for his efforts in pioneering changes in the Tampa Bay startup landscape. Additionally, Florida Trend named him one of the 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in the state.
After spending over thirty years as an executive for the Wall Street banks and large private conglomerates including a position as a senior executive with JP Morgan, where he relocated 2500 high paying jobs to the Tampa Bay area. Irv now lends his wealth of knowledge and expertise to Seedfunders as a Managing Partner.
Founded, scaled, and exited Nuvotronics
BS, Physics, Virginia Tech
MS, Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech
After retiring from the clothing manufacturing industry, Jim Aresty moved to Aspen, CO, where he became deeply involved in the Aspen Institute. He discovered St Petersburg in 2015 and began splitting time between the two cities. As an endeavor to bring some of his favorite aspects of the Aspen Institute to St Pete, Jim partnered with USF-St Petersburg to establish OPEN (Open Partnership Education Network). Jim is an active thinker, investor, and philanthropist.