Dan Wagner began his career as a junior Account Executive at the advertising agency WCRS. While doing market research, that involved laborious searching of back copies of newspapers, journals, and research reports Dan first generated the concept of an electronic, PC-based information service. In 1985 at the age of 20, he left WCRS to pursue his ambition of creating such a service and established M.A.I.D.
Dan was the driving force behind M.A.I.D.’s growth and development, including listings on the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. Throughout his career he has engineered numerous acquisitions and has been responsible for forging a wide array of strategic alliances. He led M.A.I.D.’s move into the Internet technology and eCommerce markets, being one of the first to understand their huge potential, and conceived the technology which is now Venda, in 1998. He has won a variety of business awards that recognize his achievements including The World Economic Forum’s Global Leader of Tomorrow in 1997 and Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999.