David Brim is a marketing strategist, entrepreneur and investor living in Central Florida. He is a founding partner and the Chief Strategy Officer of Orlando Opportunity Fund, which is committed to producing solid investor returns while advancing Central Florida communities through investments in commercial real estate and early stage companies. He is also the founder of Orlando Entrepreneurs – a network, resource center and podcast, created to connect, cultivate and celebrate our local entrepreneurs.
A graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he majored in marketing, David is the only two-time winner of the school’s Joust Business Plan Competition & was also a finalist in the in the Sunshine State Venture Challenge in Cocoa Beach & the Nascent 500 Business Challenge in Indianapolis.
David has been involved in many early stage ventures and has special interest and expertise in online lead generation, business model development, Software as a Service (SaaS) products, ecommerce ventures, private funding/financing, and real estate. He has been featured in one of the most popular entrepreneurship textbooks Successfully Launching New Ventures & interviewed on Fox, ABC & CBS about topics such as entrepreneurship & internet marketing. In 2013 he wrote a book teaching marketing principles using a fishing analogy called “Land More Customers through Online Marketing”. The book reached the #13 spot on the Amazon Best Seller list within its category and was utilized in entrepreneurial marketing courses at the University of Central Florida.
David provides marketing consulting to startups and second stage companies through Brand Advance, a marketing firm he founded in 2009. He has worked with over 1,000 second stage businesses ($1M-$10M in sales) through Economic Gardening – an entrepreneurial approach to Economic Development.
Prior to founding Brand Advance, David helped develop the premium influencer program at IZEA. In that role he helped plan, execute & measure social campaigns & connected online influencers with brands such as SeaWorld, Kmart, Microsoft, Armani-Exchange & more. During that time David also co-founded GroupTable, a collaboration software with 10k users at the time of exit. According to Mashable “The entire makeup of the service is quite impressive. Powerful but not overwhelming.”
David is active in the Central Florida community and mentors numerous businesses through organizations such as StarterStudio, Startup Weekend, Lift Orlando, the University of Central Florida, and more. He is on the advisory board of IDEAS FOR US, a United Nations–accredited non-governmental organization which works to advance sustainability through local action projects. He also sits on the board of Crossroads Corral, a nonprofit co-founded by his wife Lindsay that promotes personal growth, hope and healing through horses.
When he’s not working David enjoys playing basketball, fishing, traveling, self-improvement, mentoring and spending time with his wife Lindsay, two children and pets (horses, dog, and cat).
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