Vanderbilt University

Ph.D. (Management), 2010. Owen Graduate School of Management

University of Sydney / University of New South Wales

MBA, 2004. Australian Graduate School of Business

New York University

Coursework on Exchange, Partnership in International Management Program. Stern School of Business

Northwestern University

BA (Economics), 1990. Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences


University of Virginia: Darden School of Business

Senior Director, Batten Institute.

2016 – present

University of Virginia: McIntire School of Commerce

Assistant Professor; Director, Galant Center for Entrepreneurship; Academic Director, Entrepreneurship Minor


Washington and Lee University: Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics

Assistant Professor of Business



I founded or held leadership positions in a series of private, early-stage and venture-backed technology companies, gaining experience across the startup lifecycle—from idea to acquisition and, at times, failure. Throughout my career, I have also advised clients including global technology companies, international intellectual property institutions, and early-stage companies. While completing my MBA, I even had some fun writing video game reviews.

STRTG : Founder

Clients included global technology companies (e.g., Google/YouTube), international intellectual property institutions (e.g., PRS for Music) and technology startups (e.g., AgentArts, acquired by Microsoft; JBTV, acquired by Launch/Yahoo!, MusicFans).

Engadget/Joystiq : Editor – Instigator

Part of the founding and contributing team for the games-focused site Joystiq within the Engadget brand. Acquired by AOL.

Community Development Venture Capital Alliance : Research assistant

Conducted research into the marketplace of investors seeking a blend of both social and financial returns.

Whirligig : Founder

Founded this online distributor of music rights.

Kick, Inc : Senior Director of Marketing

Led marketing for this media personalization platform. Acquired by Sony DMV. : Founder

Founded and developed beta version of this online venue for user-generated videos. The year was 2000, a bit too early for online video.

Sonique : Director of Marketing

Led the marketing and content development for this leading media player. Acquired by Lycos.

Noisebox : Founder

Developed one of the first online music subscription services, offering both free and paid service models. Acquired by Sonique.

Vega : Founder and Market Maker

Market maker in currency options, member Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Futrex Trading Partnership : Assistant Trader and Market Maker

Supported market makers in currency and equity index options. Beta tested Globex, a first-of-its-kind electronic platform for trading derivatives.


My work has been published or presented within academic, policy, and practitioner venues—with a particular focus upon the opportunities and conflicts resulting from disruptive technologies. Additionally, I have also been interviewed or cited by a variety of media outlets, as well as within testimony before members of the US Congress and EU Directorate.

Articles, Books, or Book Chapters

DiCola, P. & Touve, D. (2014). Licensing in the shadow of copyright. Stanford Technology Law Review, 17, 397-459.

Chen, Y. & Touve, D., (2011). Conformity, political participation, and economic rewards: The case of Chinese private entrepreneurs. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 28(3), 529-553. DOI: 10.1007/s10490-009-9171-2

Tepper, S., Hargittai, E., & Touve, D. (2007). Music, Mavens, and Technology. In S. Tepper & B. Ivey (Eds.), Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life: 71-193. New York: Routledge.

Practitioner or Policy Reports, Article, and Reviews

Hendricks, D. & Touve, D. “The Metaverse and its Implications for the Future.” UVA Darden Ideas to Action, November 23, 2021. Also released by UVA Today

Henricks, D. & Touve, D. “Five Questions on the Controversial Law that ‘Created the Internet’,” UVA Darden Ideas to Action, February 4, 2021.

Glinska, G. & Touve, D. “Fact or Fiction? Debunking the Founder Myth, UVA Darden Ideas to Action, September 12, 2019.

Touve, D. MOOCs, MOODs, and the future of higher education. Huffington Post – Education, January 25, 2013.

Touve, D. MOOC’s contradictions. Inside Higher Ed, September 11, 2012.

Touve, D. (2012). Music Startups and the Licensing Drag. Music Business Journal, 8(2), 1-5.

Touve, D. (2012). The innovation paradox: How licensing and copyright impact digital music startups. Prepared for: National Association of Recording Merchandisers.

Page, W. & Touve, D. (2010). Moving Digital Britain Forward Without Leaving Creative Britain Behind (PDF). Economic Insight, 19(12.07.10). PRS for Music.

Page, W., Carey, C., Touve, D. & McMahon, K. (2009). How to dance to ARPU, when licensees call the tune (PDF). Economic Insight, 16(04.1.09). PRS for Music.

Touve, D., Page, W., & McMahon, K. (2008). Shadow Pricing P2Pʼs Economic Impact (PDF). Economic Insight, 12(30.10.08). MCPS-PRS Alliance.

Touve, D. & Page, W. (2008). Should Music Rights Societies Pursue Equity (PDF). Economic Insight, 9(21.06.08). MCPS-PRS Alliance.

Touve, D., & Tepper, S. (2007). Leisure in America: Searching for the Forest Among the Trees. Prepared for: Getty Leadership Institute, Cultural Organizations and Changing Leisure Trends.

Teaching Materials

Trump V. Twitter.” Teaching Case. Darden Publishing.

Trump V. Twitter.” Teaching Note. Darden Publishing.

Twenty-six Words that Shape the Internet.” Technical Note. Darden Publishing.

Free, online materials
Founders’ Agreements, Types of Startup Funding, Demystifying Investor Term Sheets, Equity, Debt, and Valuing Startup Ventures.



Touve, D. (2013). The startup paradox: An investigation at the intersection of opportunity and enterprising individuals. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando.

Touve, D. (2012). Start Making Sense: Understanding Information Processing within Augmented Organizations. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston.

Touve, D. & Barry, B. (2011). The automator’s dilemma: An investigation of the link between automation and the nature of work. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio.

Touve, D. (2010). Rich and Powerful: A power-aware theory of the design of organizational media. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Montreal.

Stansbury, J. & Touve, D. (2009). Moral imagination as a dynamic capability of the firm. Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago.

Touve, D. (2008). A theory of the technologies for meaningful organizations. Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim.

Touve, D. (2007). Organizational information asymmetry, media sociability and structural design. Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia.

Touve, D. (2006). Reconsidering the consequences of influence tactics: Returning to the work of Falbe and Yukl. Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta.

Touve, D. (2006). Social graffiti and the hazardous exchange of adjectives: new forms of social information and identity in online spaces. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal.

Tepper, S., Hargittai, E., & Touve, D. (2005). Music, mavens and technology. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Philadelphia.

Tepper, S., Hargittai, E., Touve, D. (2005). Have you tried this yet? How college kids sample new music and books. Annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Association, Washington.

Policy and Practice

Touve, D. (2015). The business of the future of music. Slush Conference. Helsinki, Finland

Touve, D. (2014). Half-pennies from Heaven or Hell: The rockonomics of sales, spins, and stream. Eurosonic-Noorderslag Conference. Groningen, Netherlands.

DiCola, P. & Touve, D. (2013). Licensing in the shadow of copyright. United States Patent and Trademark Office, Office of the Chief Economist. Washington, D.C.

Touve, D. (2012). Innovation at the Edge. An investigation of the practices and paradoxes at the boundary of technology and copyright. Bureau International des Societies Gerant les Droits d’Enregistrement et de Reproduction Mecanique (BIEM). Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

Touve, D. (2012). What is free? Song Summit. Sydney, Australia.

Panel: Getting cozy with blanket licenses. 2011 Future of Music Policy Summit panel, Washington D.C.

Touve, D. (2011). Carrots, sticks, and buggy whips. Finding value in a digital economy. CISAC World Copyright Summit, Brussels.

Touve, D. (2010). Money for Nothing and your Bits for Free. 2010 Future of Music Policy Summit, Washington D.C.

Touve, D. (2010). The big question: Is a network license worth doing? Digital Music Roundtable. Kristiannsand, Norway.

Touve, D. (2010). Kontent is Key. Telco 2.0. London, England.

Touve, D. (2010). Recognizing and treating multiple platform disorder. Telco 2.0. London, England.

Page, W. & Touve, D. (2009). Should rights societies pursue equity? CISAC World Copyright Summit, Washington D.C.

Touve, D. (2009). Media is an experience. Telco 2.0. London, England.

Panel: What borders? Music licensing, cultural preservation and artist compensation in an increasingly international marketplace. 2009 Future of Music Policy Summit panel, Washington D.C.


Research Roundtable on the Law and Economics of Digital Markets. 2013. Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth, Northwestern Law School

Berkman/Berklee Rethink Workshop. 2012. Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School.

Berkman/Berklee Rethink Workshop. 2011. Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School.

Social Computing Symposium. 2008. Funded and hosted by Microsoft Research.

Doctoral Consortium, OCIS division of Academy of Management. 2008. Funded by the National Science Foundation.

Research Institute for the Science of Socio-Technical Systems. 2008. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Yahoo and Microsoft.

West Coast Research Symposium on Technology Entrepreneurship. 2007. Funded by the Kauffman Foundation.

Doctoral Consortium, OMT division of Academy of Management. 2007.


University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Technology Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Policy.
Cybersecurity & Privacy.
Finland & Estonia.

University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce

Intro to Entrepreneurship.

Washington & Lee University

Strategic Management.
Social Entrepreneurship.
Wicked Problems.


2022. Catalyst Accelerator Program. Office of Economic Development, City of Charlottesville. $35,000*

2022. Catalyst Accelerator Program. Office of Economic Development, Albemarle County. $35,000*

2018 – 2022. PhD Plus. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. $144,000*

2019 – 2021. Catalyst. Commonwealth of Virginia Growth & Opportunity Fund. $415,000*

2019 – 2021. Catalyst. Office of Economic Development, City of Charlottesville. $50,000*

2019 – 2021. Catalyst. Office of Economic Development, Albemarle County. $60,000*

2015. Founders Funders in Residence. Jefferson Trust. $24,000*

* Denotes Principal Investigator or Grant Lead

Committees & SERVICE

Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, University of Virginia. 2014-present.

Tom Tom Foundation, Advisory Board Member. 2015-present.

Commonwealth of Virginia Entrepreneurship Working Group (VA4E). 2017-2019.

Governors Council on Youth Entrepreneurship. 2015-2016.

Academy of Management, Teaching Committee, OMT Division. 2007-2011. Committee Chair. 2012-2014.

Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy, Seatch Committee. 2014.

Young African Leaders Initiative, U.Va. Curriculum Committee. 2013.

Academy of Management Teaching Conference, Steering Committee. 2012-2013.

Future of Music Coalition, Research Advisory Committee. 2011-2013

Washington and Lee University, University Library Committee. 2010-2011; 2012-2013.