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Dave Berkus

Managing Partner at Wayfare Ventures LLC

David Berkus

Dave Berkus is one of the nation's most prolific angel investors with over 190 early stage technology investments. Board member or chairman of over forty of these over the years, companies both private and public. Serves on a number of high profile non-profit boards as well. Author of fourteen books on early stage business-building, and in-demand speaker at national and international events sharing stories and wisdom related to entrepreneurs, building boards of directors, trends in technology and valuing young corporate enterprises.

Creator of BERKONOMICS.COM, weekly insights for entrepreneurs and investors delivered to over 200,000 readers each month and syndicated to an estimated 300,000 more readers monthly. Author of three BERKONOMICS books, the Small Business Success Collection of eight books, and EXTENDING the RUNWAY. Co-author of "Get Scrappy," (2015) and "Better than Money," (1993), the first book written about angel investing (out of print). In 1998, Inc. Magazine called Dave Berkus a "Super Angel," the first known use of the term.

TEDx talk, "Smiling at Success; Laughing at Failure;" syndicated TV segment "The Berkus Report" for "Eye on Business TV" and Wikipedia profile all available at www.berkus.com, www.berkonomics.com, and www.daveberkus.com.

Manages six early stage investment funds: Wayfare Ventures LLC, Kodiak Ventures, LP, ACE Funds (1,2,3), and Berkus Tech Ventures LLC.

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Is 'data scientist' the next hot position in hotels/hospitality?

In short, yes, but the problem hotels will have is the quality of the data and getting it into a repository in a meaningful, normalized, standardized way. Many legacy hotel systems are hell-bent on not allowing hotel staff to get at their own data, at least not at a reasonable cost.

Thoughts and recommendations for CYBER HITEC!

My top 5: 1). Session specific: As these will be online, make the sessions very specific. So not “what will be the future of hotel wireless infrastructure” but “what will WIFI 6 mean for your hotel guests and the three things you need to know”.

Are there any quick-fix IT solutions for hotels in the post-COVID new normal?

I believe there are three immediate action steps hoteliers, especially independents, can implement in a relatively fast and inexpensive fashion: 1. Develop a “Here is how we make your stay with us safer than ever” program with sanitation and safety protocols at the property, including: Infrared fever detection for each guest arrival (devices on Amazon start at $299)Contactless guest servicing technology applications such as mobile-check-in and virtual concierge as well as mobile assistants in the guest rooms, etc.

Do you even know what questions to ask?

Great executives and managers seem to intuitively know what they don't know. But it is not at all uncommon to not even know what questions to ask.

My biggest frustration with hotel-tech when booking or staying at a hotel!

I have two big frustrations: 1) In the Booking Phase: dealing with mobile-last Hotel websites that take forever to download on mobile devices. Wake up, hoteliers, visitors to your websites quit if your website pages and booking screens are not downloading within 2.
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