Interview with David Salinas, Entrepreneur, Investor, and Co-Founder of Digital Surgeons

David Salinas is a serial entrepreneur and investor. In 2007 he co-founded Digital Surgeons and served as its CEO for over a decade. Under his leadership, the agency delivered award-winning results for clients like Lady Gaga and the U.S Open. Today, Digital Surgeons continues to thrive, having won dozens of awards including the coveted Webby Award and was named a Top Ten Agency for Startups.

While CEO of Digital Surgeons, David partnered and launched numerous businesses including being the founder and visionary behind District, a $25M technology and innovation startup ecosystem and real estate development. David’s vision for District stems from his years as an entrepreneur, his passion for economic development, and his desire to improve the environment for small businesses and the communities in which they grow. Other investments and launches include Arccos Golf, Specialty Food Partners (Fmr. Fresh Nation), District Cowork, District Athletic Club, and Venn.

David recognized workforce talent was a key pillar to the local economy and startup ecosystem and founded and chairs District Arts + Education (DAE), a nonprofit with a mission of providing educational and developmental opportunities that prepare individuals for meaningful data and digital-centric careers that serve humanity, build community, and deepen health and prosperity for all.

Additionally, David has mentored at a variety of incubators and accelerators including the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), a fellowship program at the university that incubates early stage startups. In 2019, David was asked to serve on the Connecticut Innovation Council for US Senator Chris Murphy and was included in Connecticut Magazine’s 40 Under 40.

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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is the Authority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.