Business 100 – 2017

David Dunne/Velocidi

David Dunne is founder and CEO of New York-based Velocidi, a data and analytics software company at the forefront of innovation for marketing.

Originally from Navan, County Meath, David first worked in retail at Primark, before opening restaurants for Grand Met and Planet Hollywood in the U.K. and U.S. In 1994, he combined love of computers and marketing to co-found the first of three digital startups. In 1998, Edelman enticed him to develop its global digital practice, which he built into the world’s largest social media agency. After pioneering in digital at Edelman, he returned to entrepreneurism in 2009 with the launch of Velocidi.

The roots of his enterprising spirit are in Ireland. “Ireland has depth, soul, and creativity, traits that enable Ireland to reinvent itself and are found in many who have left Ireland’s shores.” David’s professional journey recently came full circle with the opening of Velocidi’s first E.U. office in Dublin, a city at the nexus of digital growth in Europe.

A frequent speaker on how data will transform marketing, David is a car enthusiast and triathlete in his leisure time. He resides in Brooklyn with his family.