Dan joined Highland in 1996 as a General Partner to establish and build the firma's internet investment practice. He also co-founded the Highland Consumer Fund, where he is Chair of the Investment Committee, and he is leading the firm's expansion efforts into China.
He continues to be an active investor focusing on technology and consumer investments with specific experience and interest in internet, digital marketing and media technologies. Dan led the firm's investments and has served on the boards of a number of successful companies including:
Ask Jeeves - IPO BeFree - IPO eToys - IPO Fastclick - IPO, acquired by ValueClick Gamesville - acquired by Lycos Lycos - IPO MapQuest - IPO, acquired by AOL N2 Broadband - acquired by TANDBERG Television Navic Networks - acquired by Microsoft New York Times Digital - acquired by New York Times, Co Quote.com - acquired by Lycos Raindance - IPO RoweCom - IPO
His current portfolio includes CMI Marketing, Coremetrics, Gotuit, Qihoo, StyleFeeder, TriStar Investors, UUSee and Yoga Works. Dan has been recognized by the prestigious Forbes Midas List as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry.
Background Prior to joining Highland in 1996, Dan was a Partner at CMG Ventures where he co-led the partnership's investment activities in early-stage internet companies. While at CMG Ventures, Dan co-founded Lycos, Inc. in June of 1995, and played an integral role from its inception to its IPO in April of 1996 and finally through its sale to Terra Networks in 2000.
Prior to joining CMG Ventures Dan was a Senior Associate at Summit Partners focused on later-stage technology and environmental investments. He also worked at Wang Laboratories from 1983 through 1989 in a variety of sales management and sales positions.