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What I Do
We fund ($1k-25k) / advise original startups like CustEx set for a billion dollars in sales or exit within 5 yrs. We network 90% of our 100+ startups so they get traction. Validation of Midas Touch: in Cruise @$87M, exited @ $1B to GM; in Beepi @$200M, now @$600M+; in Dollar Shave $219M, now @$615M+
Drove WDC-San Jose, sales from $2->$100M in 8 months! Quickly size up a company’s position & execute pro-customer decisive action. Began at large companies as developer. Now business entrepreneur/CXO at startups with up to 250 teammates
@Wdc, turned around 2 subsidiaries. Sold to competition - employees profited. WDC stock: from$2.20/share to $114/share recently. Personally responsible for $170M in raises/exits
Worked @ / founded 14 startups, 1@Stanford. Berkeley Benefactor. Edu@UIUC, @USC, @Penn State. Founded Tech Innovators Forum@UCLA. Led US Lab Internet Incubator IPO. Built the RWD infrastructure for CustEx Customer Co-creation Platform, a global business with almost zero budget and 60 sweat equity team
Focus on running large companies with the vitality of a startup by applying rigors of engineering to business issues. x-Rocket Scientist @Northrop Grumman @Lockheed@Raytheon
Solid traffic, users, or sales traction to prove demand. 1st movers, big crony funding, high $ARR, GM, CAGR, retention, LTV/CAC. Love social entrepreneurs like us who plan to give most of exits away to right this f***d up world.
Daniel has been a great visionary of the team, developing the CustEx Platform from scratch. It syncs real customer demand with what vendors make as a one-stop site that compresses product improvement and development time. He’s a relentless leader bringing power to the masses unlike anything previously done. Daniel’s also a disciplined angel investor who is always there to help his portfolio of startups grow into the $Billions.
Daniel was the first investor (after our syndicate closed) to reach out and offer support. He was also the second, and the third. He thinks about being helpful even when you haven't asked. You will appreciate having him on your team.
Daniel is the best kind of advisor, investor and coach. He peers deeply into the fundamentals of your company, the market, product and competition to surface significant insights and strategies. Daniel clearly articulates risks and challenges, as well as possible solutions. As a technologist, marketer and salesman, he brings out the best in the entrepreneur he is advising.
Founder/CEO of @Geostellar. Big-data geomatics pioneer. Presented at 1st WWW conference, CERN '94. Author "Live Java." @Yale University SY '88 Philosophy.
In spite of the fact that he went to USC, Daniel is a great guy. He is usually the first to respond to our monthly investor updates with questions/advice and is very willing to help out with introductions. Would recommend him to any entrepreneur.
Daniel has provided invaluable advice and introductions for our company. He is quick to respond and a pleasure to work with. I recommend his expertise to any entrepreneur who needs strategic advice and networking.