Dave Barrett


Dave Barrett is a Partner based out of Boston who focuses on technology investments in cloud infrastructure, data science, data-driven SaaS applications and healthcare technology. He joined the firm in 2000 after 17 years of success as an entrepreneur and operating executive.

Dave serves on the boards of  ClearSkyData, Confluence, Egnyte, GrowthHackers, InsideSales.com, Notarize and Recurly.

He previously served on the boards of Archivas (Hitachi), Automattic/WordPress, Bitium (Google),  Logentries (Rapid7),  LogMeIn (NASDAQ: LOGM), MarkMonitor (Thomson Reuters), Phytel (IBM), Imprivata (NYSE: IMPR, acquired by Thoma Bravo) and vKernel (Dell), and has partnered closely with CliQr (CISCO), Lob, and Q1 Labs (IBM).

He divides his time across Silicon Valley, Silicon Slopes, Dublin and Boston.

Prior to joining Polaris, Dave served as Chief Operating Officer of Calico Commerce, a pioneering e-commerce infrastructure provider. During his leadership, the company evolved from venture-backed startup through public operations with revenues of more than $50 million and market value of more than $3.5 billion. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations for Pure Atria/Rational Software Corporation, the publicly-held market leader in software development automation. Rational was acquired by IBM for over $2 billion. Earlier, he spent 12 years with Lotus Development Corporation/IBM in a number of executive roles, including Vice President & General Manager of Sales and Services. During his tenure, Lotus was one of the two largest software companies in the world and was acquired by IBM in 1995 for $3.5 billion.

Dave is an Always-On Venture Capital 100 and Venture Capital East 50 recipient and has been named an Always-On “Cloud Power Player” and “FinTech Power Player”. He’s been embedded in the entrepreneurial ecosystem across the U.S., having served as a mentor for TechStars, Harvard iLab and IBM SmartCamp, a guest lecturer at Harvard, and a founding member of the Microsoft Advisory Board.  He received a B.S. from The University of Rhode Island.

Dave also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.