Dan Shapiro is the CEO and primary turtle wrangler at Robot Turtles, a company created when he accidentally launched the bestselling board game in Kickstarter. He has previously spent time leading a Google subsidiary that operates comparison shopping products. Dan Shapiro joined Google when they bought his previous company, Sparkbuy, a comparison shopping website, where he was founder and CEO.
Before Sparkbuy, Dan Shapiro was founder and CEO of Ontela, a pioneering mobile imaging company, where he was named CEO of the Year by MobileBeat. Ontela was frequently recognized including the Dow Jones Top 10 in Wireless list, the CTIA award for Best Social Networking Application, and Breakthrough Startup of the Year by the WTIA.
Prior to founding Ontela, Dan Shapiro managed development of the RealArcade service at RealNetworks, enabling thousands of end-users to play classic games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, and Rollercoaster Tycoon on their desktops. He arrived at RealNetworks by way of Wildseed, where he managed software development for the Identity Cellular Phone. Dan Shapiro started his career at Microsoft working on Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.
Dan Shapiro's articles have been published in the Washington Post, Wireless Week, and the Seattle PI, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences and events. He serves on the board of the non-profit Washington Technology Industry Association. He is a mentor for the Founder's Institute, 500 Startups, and Techstars. Dan Shapiro has been awarded eleven U.S. patents, and received his B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
Founder and CEO
Founder and CEO
Nov 17, 2014 - Current (almost 2 years)
Sep 1, 2013 - Current (about 3 years)
Aug 1, 2012 - Current (about 4 years)
Board & Advisor Roles (4)Update
|Oct, 2015||Glowforge||$27.4M / Equity Crowdfunding||Personal Investment|
|Nov, 2013||Skilljar||$1.1M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2012||Apptentive||$1.2M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2012||Vizify||$1.42M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2011||Smore||$425k / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Jun, 2011||Inkd.com||$3.5M / Series B||Personal Investment|
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