About Ampure Capital


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David Burns

President of Ampure Capital

My strengths are in valuing and selling companies; raising capital; and small business startup, finance, strategy, and operations.

The founder of Ampure Capital, I have sold or raised more than $220MM of capital over the past 15 years. I focus on cleantech and socially responsible companies, though I also work with many other different types of small businesses. These companies include biofuels, hydro, solar, wind, biomass, waste-to-energy, distributed generation, but also technology, software, clean water, natural products, etc. I like to represent businesses that I understand, so companies that rely on technology or science are great.

Previously, I worked for Salomon Smith Barney in their small business merger and acquisition group for about 7 years. While we did not specialize by industry, I worked primarily with business valued under $150 million in technology and basic manufacturing.

I earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management in entrepreneurship and a certificate in corporate environmental management (CEM) from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara. While at Anderson, I was also a Management Development for Entrepreneurs Fellow (MDE).

I earned a bachelors degree in math, with minors in chemistry and English from the University of Pennsylvania. I studied honors physics, chemistry (through organic), biology, computer science engineering, oceanography, and other basic sciences and engineering. While not a scientist or engineer, I can talk the language and understand the issues.

I am on the board of directors for RRE Regents Center TIC, LLC and Doorways, Ltd and am Acting CFO of Drink Up LLC and Doorways Ltd. I am also a registered representative of a broker-dealer.

I am not just a finance guy. I have made my own biodiesel, ethanol (not exactly for fuel), wind turbines, solar cookers, aquaponic systems, and the like.

I like to tinker. I like to make things work.