Dave Lavinsky

Co-Founder & President of Growthink


Business Plans, Business Consulting, Capital Raising and New Venture Development


University of Virginia (BS) and UCLA (MBA)



  • Has helped over 1 million entrepreneurs, small business owners and executives create business plans.
  • Contributor to Forbes and Entrepreneur, featured in hundreds of magazine articles, and author of the bestselling book “Start At The End.”
  • Over 25 years of experience in new venture development, with a history of launching several successful startups


Experience & Expertise

Dave Lavinsky has helped countless entrepreneurs, business owners and executives with creating business plans that have catapulted their growth. His business plan template is widely regarded as the standard for creating a great plan.

With over 25 years of experience, Dave has mastered the art of launching and growing businesses. In addition to business planning, Dave specializes in areas including capital raising, sales, marketing and new venture development. He loves turning innovative ideas into successful businesses.

Dave is a seasoned entrepreneur, having launched and exited multiple ventures. He has served numerous companies and organizations and is a past board member of the Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance. He was also a finalist at the Anderson School at UCLA’s “Knapp New Venture Competition.”

Dave is the author of the best selling book “Start At The End: How Companies Can Grow Bigger and Faster By Reversing Their Business Plan,” published by Wiley (Amazon, Wiley).

Dave has been a contributor to magazines including Forbes and Entrepreneur and has been featured in numerous magazines and journals including The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Inc. among others.

You can find Dave on LinkedIn and X.



Dave’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. His education laid the foundation for his expertise in business strategy and growth.



Dave lives in Oregon with his wife and has 2 children in their twenties. Outside of his professional life, Dave enjoys hiking, trail running, skiing, mountain biking, traveling and music.


Upcoming Projects

Dave has taken a special interest in the AI space and recently launched PlanPros.ai which has already been called the best AI business plan generator.


Noteworthy Articles Written by Dave Lavinsky

The Best Business Plan Template to Use Today

20 Reasons Why You Need a Business Plan

How to Write the Executive Summary of Your Business Plan

The 10 Key Components of a Business Plan

How to Write a Business Plan for Raising Venture Capital

The Business Plan Format to Expertly Write Your Plan

The Perfect 3 Year Business Plan Template

Nonprofit Business Plan Template & Guide

Business Plan Examples to Inspire Your Startup

Growthink’s Ultimate Guide to Business Plan Software

Pro Forma Business Plan Template & Financial Statements

How to Create Financial Projections for Your Business Plan

The Best AI Business Plan Generator