In 2005, Dave co-founded Workday with Aneel Bhusri to deliver the next generation of enterprise applications, pioneering the first on-demand alternative to ERP. Today Workday has almost 60 customers ranging from mid-sized companies to the Fortune 500 and employs more 300 people at its Walnut Creek, Calif. headquarters, with plans for significant future growth.
Dave founded PeopleSoft in 1987 and served as the company’s CEO and board chairman. PeopleSoft delivered the industry’s first packaged client/server HRMS applications, built from scratch on a groundbreaking toolset called PeopleTools. The company grew to be the world’s second-largest application software company, with 12,000 employees worldwide and revenues of $2.2B, before being acquired by Oracle in January 2005. Dave inspired the company’s unique culture by promoting core values that focused on people, innovation, integrity, and fun. In 1999, PeopleSoft was #6 on Fortune Magazine’s ‘Best Companies to Work For.’
Dave began his career as a systems engineer and marketing representative, installing operating systems on IBM mainframes for customers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Cornell University. In 1996, Cornell named him entrepreneur of the year. Dave’s entrepreneurship has enabled a broad range of philanthropic efforts. Most significantly, Dave and Cheryl Duffield created Maddie’s Fund in 1999 a $350M family foundation to help fund the creation of a no-kill nation for companion animals.