David Segal is an entrepreneur and retail thought-leader. He is best known for bringing radical innovation to a 5,000 year old product category with the launch of DAVIDsTEA, the company he co-founded in 2008. Segal takes audiences through the entrepreneurial journey, delving into the brand experience, growth at scale, managing the digital and retail waters, and more.
During his time at DAVIDsTEA, Segal grew the company from a single store on Toronto’s Queen Street West to a $200 million retail giant. In June 2015, DAVIDsTEA became a publicly-traded company on the NASDAQ, and since launch, the brand has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily, The Globe and Mail, and Fast Company. When Segal left DAVIDsTEA early in 2016 to pursue new entrepreneurial endeavours, the company was seventh on the list of Canada’s most trusted brands.
DAVIDsTEA was an innovative vision — in fact, Forbes named DAVIDsTEA one of the 25 most innovative consumer and retail brands in the world — but Segal attributes the success of the brand to his passion for building a team of dedicated, smart and passionate people to bring that vision to life.
Since leaving DAVIDsTEA, Segal founded the Mad Radish restaurants, which are all about providing gourmet fast foods through their three brands – Mad Radish, Luisa’s Burritos&Bowls, and Revival Pizza.