Dan has been involved as an investor and operator, launching and managing technology products and services, for nearly 27 years.
Prior to co-founding NextStage Capital, Dan was vice-president and officer of Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE), a publicly traded venture capital firm. During his tenure at Safeguard, Dan led approximately $75 million of early stage venture investments. He was also member of Safeguard's investment committee.
Prior to Safeguard, Dan was a sales and marketing executive with IBM for over ten years, where he also had profit & loss responsibility for one of IBM's Internet businesses in the Financial Services industry. Dan also spent a portion of his career at IBM in the Mergers & Acquisitions group. There he was responsible for one of IBM's only minority investments made in the 1990s. During his tenure with IBM, Dan developed an alliance that ultimately became one of IBM's top 20 Global Alliance Partners, was integral in launching IBM's largest Internet initiative in the Financial Services industry, and was responsible for and/or involved in launching several new software & services products.
Dan's past board responsibilities include: Sapphire Mobile (sold to Mpower), Atlas Commerce (sold to VerticalNet), Buystream, AgWeb (sold to FarmJournal), Evident Software, RCD Technology and Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technology (Greater Philadelphia Venture Group). Dan was also an observer at HX Technologies (sold to MeDecisions/HCSC).
Dan currently serves on the boards of Savana, Sidecar, Magnify Networks, and the Ben Franklin Technology Investment Advisory Committee. He is also a board observer at TicketLeap.
Dan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Accounting and began his career as a CPA with KPMG.