“Dan is the Godfather of consumer.”
Dan is our co-founder, partner, and tireless leader. Since starting the firm with Howard Schultz in 1998 (after helping the Starbucks team accomplish its blockbuster IPO), Dan has been the person behind many of Maveron’s home runs.
Back in the day, Dan climbed mountains. He scaled both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Rainier, climbing alongside a group of people who encouraged and supported each other to reach their goal. That’s not too bad of an analogy for Dan’s philosophy of working with our portfolio companies.
Dan found an unlikely mentor in Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. It was Krzyzewski who taught Dan the central lesson of Maveron’s consumer-focused success: always ask “Do you love your team?” Dan does — his colleagues, his investors and most of all, his entrepreneurs.
In addition to his work with Maveron companies, Dan currently serves as a member of the Boards of Trustees of Seattle Children’s Healthcare System and Seattle Children’s Hospital. He also serves on the Investment Advisory Committee for Seattle Children’s which oversees over $2.5B in AUM. Dan also is chair of Brothers for Life, a charity that helps wounded Israeli combat soldiers.
Dan has been recognized by Forbes on its Midas List as one of the industry’s top technology investors. Dan has also been named NASDAQ private company director of the year.