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Founder & General Partner, Commerce Ventures
Dan is the Founder and General Partner of Commerce Ventures, a venture firm focused on digital innovations in the FinTech, Payments and Commerce eco-systems. Commerce Ventures represents a broad, highly strategic set of investors and, thus far, the firm has invested in over forty portfolio companies since its launch, including Bill.com (SaaS Platform for B2B payments), Blooom (Digital Advice for Retirement Accounts), Covr (Insurance Distribution Platform for FIs and Advisors), Forter (Fraud Decisions-as-a-Service Platform), InAuth (Mobile Device Identification and Authentication), Marqeta (Next-generation Issuing Platform), MX (Saas Platform for Omnichannel Banking), Snapsheet (Auto Insurance Self-service Platform), Trizic (Enterprise Digital Wealth Platform for FIs and Advisors) and VestWell (Full Fiduciary Retirement Platform for SMBs). Prior to creating Commerce Ventures, Dan was a Principal at Highland Capital and invested primarily in mobile, payments and digital marketing companies, such a Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), Triad, Zoove (acquired by MBlox) and WePay.
Before joining Highland, Dan worked at HarbourVest Partners, LLC - where he invested in and worked closely with several successful, growth-stage technology and communications businesses; in Corporate Development at RSA Security; and as a fintech software consultant for American Management Systems. He has served as a mentor or advisor in programs such as 500Startups, Commerce.Innovated, Mondelez’s Mobile Futures, Money2020’s StartupPitch 180, PYMNTS.com Innovator Awards, Plug and Play’s FinTech Accelerator, Summer @ Highland, HBS Angels, NAR’s Reach Accelerator and First Growth Venture Network. Dan received his BS in Economics (with Honors) from University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and his MBA (with Distinction) from Harvard.