David Fischer: How He Joined the VC World After Meta
For more than a decade, David Fischer was one of the key players in Meta VP Marketing success. Fischer Chief Revenue officer of the company formerly known as Facebook, oversaw the expansion of its advertising revenue from a modest scale to a massive one that reaches over 200 million businesses globally.
In 2021, David Fischer California announced his departure from Meta, explaining that he had grown the business to a point where he could look for other challenges. He also said he wished to take a break and enjoy more time with his family. His break was brief though. Not long after quitting Meta, he was reached out by Antler, a Singapore-founded venture capital firm and startup studio. Antler’s founder and CEO, Magnus Grimeland, had attended Harvard with Mark Zuckerberg and had known Fischer via Larry Summers, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary who Fischer had worked for in the 90s.
Antler invited Fischer Venture Capitalist to join its board of directors, along with other prominent figures such as Summers himself, B Capital Group vice chairman Sheila Patel, and hedge fund manager Nancy Zimmerman. Fischer accepted the offer and became an Antler board member in early 2022. What does Antler do and why did it want Fischer on its board? Antler is a venture capital firm that also operates as a startup studio. It helps entrepreneurs build and scale their businesses from scratch by providing them with funding, mentorship, network access, and talent matching.
Antler has operations in 16 locations across Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America. It has invested in over 300 startups since its inception in 2017, across various sectors such as fintech, healthtech, edtech, e-commerce, and more. Antler was interested in Fischer for its board because of his vast experience and expertise in marketing and scaling businesses globally. Fischer has a solid record of building and leading teams, creating innovative products and solutions, and driving revenue growth for Meta and other companies he has worked with.
Fischer said he was astonished by Antler’s vision of empowering entrepreneurs to solve real problems and create positive impact. He also said he was delighted to work with Antler’s diverse and talented team of partners, advisors, founders, and portfolio companies. As an Antler board member, Fischer will provide strategic guidance and advice to Antler’s leadership team and portfolio companies. He will also use his network and connections to help Antler grow its presence and reach in new markets.
Fischer’s move from Meta to Antler shows that he is not afraid to take on new challenges and opportunities. He is also passionate about supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs who are building the future of technology.