David Barron currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Next Level Networks, in addition to being a Technology Commercialization Consultant and Startup/Investment Advisor located in Silicon Valley. He has led emerging technology and new product development efforts in marketing, business development, strategic planning and operations management roles.
In recent years, Barron was Head of Corporate & Business Development at Cable Television Laboratories (a Cable Industry technology consortium), where he created and managed partnerships with startups, investment/VC firms and universities to identify innovative technologies and funnel them into CableLabs R&D efforts and cable operations worldwide.
Prior to CableLabs, he held leadership positions in a number of companies including Chief Operating Officer at Brisbane Digital Consulting Group, leading a business development team at Microsoft, serving as Director of Operations at Americast (a Disney/Telco JV), and managing licensing efforts for a portfolio of software technologies at Apple.
Barron’s professional experience includes the Software, Hardware, Semiconductor, Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment and Consumer Electronics industries. He has extensive experience in the management of corporate alliances, joint ventures and co-development efforts as well as in contributing to due diligence assessments for strategic investments, and M&A. He received a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law, an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a BS in Marketing and Computer Science from Ithaca College.