Davide Rossi

Hi, I’m Davide. I was born and raised in Italy, and I heart dogs & tech. My purpose on this planet is to inspire you to learn or teach yourself anything.

I’m a Co-Founder & CEO of FitBark, a data startup that’s helping pet parents in 150+ countries as well as 100+ research institutions to answer the big questions about pet health and safety. FitBark was part of the inaugural class of the Sprint Accelerator powered by TechStars. We are proudly based in Kansas City, in the heart of the KC Animal Health Corridor, and we’re a part of a Midwest entrepreneurship network called Pipeline. I’m also a member of the advisory board of Kansas State University.

In a previous life, I designed high performance engines right before co-founding a toy car company that now distributes slot cars and accessories worldwide. I also managed infrastructure projects, applying innovative coatings to Oil & Gas pipelines in rural India and the Middle East.

During my finance-focused MBA I chaired the NOVA Innovation Conference and was the lead student organizer of the MIT CFO Summit. I learned some more finance during an exchange program and at an investment bank where I advised Financial Technology clients on capital raises and M&A matters. More recently, I helped FinTech startups formulate their mobile payments strategy. I was also the CTO of an MBA Association and a member of the Operating Committee of TiE New York, an organization devoted to fostering entrepreneurship worldwide.

My interests include reading, learning or developing new technologies, running, biking and swimming. I was a fly half / fullback for Rugby Badia for 18 years, as well as a Bruin and a member of the Under 21 Italian national rugby team. I traveled to 35+ countries and lived in 4 continents, and you can speak to me in Italian, English, Spanish and basic French.

I’m a doer. Many underestimate how quickly we can learn new things, how much we can accomplish against all odds, and how fun the whole process can be. If you would like to say hi, please ping me on LinkedIn.