David Gamboa

David Gamboa


Shared Lecturer Suite: SB2 324 - for office hours only  


BA in Economics, Stanford University

David Gamboa was born and raised in Claremont, California, in the Los Angeles suburbs. His parents owned and operated gasoline stations where Gamboa learned the values of starting a business, hard work and good customer service. It is also where he developed an idea that would revolutionize the oil industry. Gamboa attended Stanford University and graduated in 1991 with a B.A. degree in Economics. At age 20 during his junior year at Stanford he co-founded Petrolsoft Corporation with a fellow classmate.

In 1992, Gamboa moved his company to San Diego, California. After the move, Petrolsoft Corporation expanded into a formidable enterprise working with the largest energy companies around the world. Gamboa and his partners developed an automated inventory control, distribution planning and scheduling system for gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel supply chains. As CEO of Petrolsoft, Gamboa led the effort to organically grow the software company without venture funding from a college dorm room dream to a multi-million dollar business with offices in San Diego, London and Singapore. In 1998 and 1999, Inc. Magazine elected Petrolsoft Corporation to its Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

In June of 2000, Gamboa and his partners sold Petrolsoft Corporation to Boston-based Aspen Technology (NASDAQ: AZPN). Gamboa worked under a two-year employment agreement as a Senior Vice President for Aspen and reported directly to the CEO. Gamboa was responsible for successfully merging Petrolsoft’s worldwide operations and culture into Aspen’s petroleum group business unit which combined produced $75 million per year in revenue. Gamboa retired from Aspen in June of 2002 at the age of 32.

Gamboa continues his life mission to foster the entrepreneurial spirit by providing venture capital and management consulting to various start-up companies and small business. He has guest lectured at the San Diego State University College of Business Administration, the University of San Diego School of Business, the UC San Diego Rady School of Management and the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business. He spent two years living in Switzerland writing a book about entrepreneurship titled STARTUP STEW: Seven Essential Ingredients for Cooking Up A Tasty Business. Gamboa utilizes THE STEW as both an encouragement tool and warning guidebook for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Gamboa’s professional and volunteering affiliations are community focused and education oriented. He served as Chairman of the Rancho Santa Fe School Endowment Fund (2006-7), as member of the Horizon Prep School Campus Development Committee in Rancho Santa Fe (2007), as board trustee of Aiglon College, an international boarding school in Chesières, Switzerland (2009-2012), as a member of the Stanford University Task Force on Undergraduate Education (2013-14) and as member of the Board of Trustees at the Francis Parker School in San Diego, California (2012-2015). David and his wife, Julie, live in San Diego and have three children.

Teaching Schedule

Quarter / Year Program Course # Course Title
Fall Quarter 2017 FTMBA 214 Entrepreneurship for Managers