David Tedesco

Founder & CEO | Outlier


Dave Tedesco

Founding his first software business at age 15, David Tedesco began chasing his entrepreneurial vision earlier than most. He’s never had or applied for a job, having built, invested in, or acquired every business he has been involved with over the last 25 years. Today, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Outlier, which he founded in 2005 and has grown to be one of the biggest private companies in the US. He is a polymath who blends deep interests in strategic theory, product design, engineering and finance into a creative, ever-evolving approach to business and investing.

David is an active member of the board of directors of many private and public companies and is a regular strategic advisor to numerous private equity firms. He is also a lifelong philanthropist and made giving back a core part of his professional career. Through the David Tedesco Foundation, he supports and partners with organizations focused on making positive change including the Autism Speaks, Arizona Science Center, The Nature Conservatory, Mollen Foundation for Childhood Obesity, Sun Valley Center for the Arts,  the YMCA, The Safe Project, Before 16, American Red Cross and United Way.

David codifies everything into theories and is happy to discuss them with you long after you’ve lost interest. He frequently changes them yet is pretty sure they are entirely correct up until he does. He’d rather be correct and lose than wrong and win. Fortunately for him, raising four young daughters allows him to achieve this objective frequently.

David is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. He is an active pilot, pianist, photographer, cyclist, mountaineer and world traveler. He lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona and Sun Valley, Idaho with his wife and daughters.