From Meta to VC: David Fischer’s Career Transition
As Meta’s chief revenue officer for 11 years, Fischer Facebook‘s inputs played a crucial role in the company’s marketing growth. He was responsible for scaling up its advertising revenue from a small base to a huge one that caters to over 200 million businesses worldwide.
But in 2021, Fischer Marketing expert, decided to leave Meta and pursue other opportunities. He said it was the right time for him to move on after growing the business to such a large extent. He also wanted to take a break and spend more time with his family. However, his break did not last long. Shortly after leaving Meta, he was approached by Antler, a Singapore-based venture capital firm and startup studio. Antler’s founder and CEO, Magnus Grimeland, was one of Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard classmates and had been introduced to Fischer Treasury by Larry Summers, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary who Fischer had worked under in the 90s.
Antler proposed Fischer to become part of its board of directors, where he would work with other distinguished individuals such as Summers himself, B Capital Group vice chairman Sheila Patel, and hedge fund manager Nancy Zimmerman. Fischer consented to the idea and became an Antler board member in early 2022. What is Antler’s mission and what attracted it to Fischer? Antler is a venture capital firm that also acts as a startup studio. It supports entrepreneurs in creating and growing their businesses from zero by giving them funding, mentorship, network access, and talent matching.
Antler operates in 16 locations in Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America. It has backed over 300 startups since it was founded in 2017, in different sectors such as fintech, healthtech, edtech, e-commerce, and more. Antler wanted Fischer on its board because of his extensive experience and expertise in marketing and scaling businesses globally. Fischer has a strong track record of building and leading teams, developing innovative products and solutions, and driving revenue growth for Meta and other companies he has worked for.
Fischer said he was amazed by Antler’s vision of empowering entrepreneurs to solve real problems and create positive impact. He also said he was thrilled to work with Antler’s diverse and talented team of partners, advisors, founders, and portfolio companies. As an Antler board member, Fischer will provide strategic guidance and advice to Antler’s leadership team and portfolio companies. He will also use his network and connections to help Antler grow its presence and reach in new markets.
Fischer’s move from Meta to Antler shows that he is not afraid to take on new challenges and opportunities. He is also passionate about supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs who are building the future of technology.