David Barach

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David Barach
'99, Executive MBA, College of Business, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA; B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Principal Partner
Cepheus Capital Partners


Mr. David Barach has over 20 years of entrepreneurial and senior management experience in business guidance – both startup and later stages – assessment, strategy, execution, and turn-around. He is a member of the San Diego Tech Coast Angels, where he serves on the board as Vice President and leads new deal flow screening. Currently, he consults to small and medium-sized businesses in new venture startup, financing, positioning, strategic and financial turn-around and exit planning. He serves, or has served, on the boards of several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He is affiliated as a business plan judge and coach at the Social Enterprise Institute, the UCSD Rady School of Business and Venture Roundtable. He also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at CONNECT’s Springboard program and as an advisor to the Women in Technology board.

His career started in the technology community, including hardware and software, IC design and design automation, and later, medical and health sciences, energy and systems integration; having held roles in general management, engineering leadership, strategy, business development, and marketing and sales. He has led organizations and/or advised management teams, both growth and distressed company situations, in telecommunications, wireless, healthcare IT, SaaS, medical devices, consumer products and services, design automation and energy.

He was CEO of Instromedix, a San Diego medical device company, brand recognized in the cardiac device space. Mr. Barach was instrumental in the company’s movement from a wireline trans-telephonic reporting platform to wireless, that fueled a dramatic turn-around. He led the company to a remarkable financial turnaround of 24% top line growth and 375% operating income growth, following several declining years. Prior to that, he held the roles of President and CEO, respectively, at WiFi and Bluetooth startups, Extricom and Brightcom; the latter of which was sold to Flextronix in 2002. He founded and headed cellular chip startup, COM-Solutions, developer of the first GSM chipset and core CMDA technology, and led it to profitable growth before its sale to LSI Logic. Mr. Barach held various general management roles, including leadership of a successful financial turnaround at Global Microwave in 1999, later sold to a large public firm. At CommQuest, he held engineering, technical marketing and business development roles, and was involved in that company’s strategic turnaround and financing before its sale to IBM in 1997.

Mr. Barach earned a Bachelor of Science degree in EE from the University of California at San Diego, and is a graduate of San Diego State University’s MBA for Executives program (EMBA). He resides in San Diego with his wife and three children.

SDSU Affiliations:

  • College of Engineering – Advisory Board

Other Affiliations:

  • Judge and Coach, The Social Enterprise Institute, UCSD Rady School of Business and Venture Roundtable
  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence, CONNECT’s Springboard Program
  • Advisor, Women in Technology Board