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New Hampshire College, MBA
University of Southern Maine, BS

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Don Dodge

Don Dodge is a veteran of five start-ups including Forte Software, AltaVista, Napster, Bowstreet, and Groove Networks. Don was recently Director of Business Development for Microsoft’s Emerging Business Team. Don is now a Developer Advocate at Google helping developers build applications on Google platforms.

Don has been in the software business for more than 25 years. He started his software career with Digital Equipment, aka DEC, in the database group. He was part of the leadership team of five software start-ups. Forte Software was the first multiplatform object oriented development environment. AltaVista was the first search engine on the web. Napster was the first P2P file sharing network. Bowstreet was the first web services development environment. Groove Networks was the first secure P2P collaboration platform. Don spent 5 years at Microsoft as a developer evangelist to the startup community. Don is now a Developer Advocate at Google.

He writes a daily blog, Don Dodge on the Next Big Thing.

Don, a native New-Englander, holds an MBA from New Hampshire College and a BS in accounting from the University of Southern Maine.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
ByteLight 10/2013Series A$3M5
Polar 2/2013Seed$1.2M7
The Tap Lab 10/2012Seed$1M6
NewHound 3/2012Seed$1.5M10
DocRun 2/2012Seed$1.1M4
Nimble CRM 1/2012Angel$1M5
The Tap Lab 11/2011Angel$550k4
echoecho 9/2011Seed$750k3
Parse 8/2011Angel$1.5M15 7/2011Seed$500k8
Hipster 5/2011Convertible Note$1M14
Milk 4/2011Angel$1.5M25
ecomom 12/2010Angel$900k14
Path 11/2010Angel$2.5M28
Swype 4/2009Angel$1.3M1



Microsoft Exit Interview

Added: 3/30/10

Sources [edit]
  1. ByteLight Raises $3M in Series A Funding ( [edit]
  2. TechCrunch ( [edit]
  3. The Tap Lab seeks to blend mobile games with the real world ( [edit]
  4. Mobile Ad Optimization Startup AppStack Raises $1.5M From Eric Schmidt, Google Ventures And Others ( [edit]
  5. Stealthy Legal Startup DocRun Raises $1.1M From Resolute.VC, Don Dodge And Others ( [edit]
  6. Google Ventures, Mark Cuban And Others Invest $1M In Social CRM Startup Nimble ( [edit]
  7. The Tap Lab raises $550K to fund location-based mobile games ( [edit]
  8. Echoecho raises $750K from Google Ventures, lets you find your friends ( [edit]
  9. YC-Funded Parse: A Heroku For Mobile Apps ( [edit]
  10. Stealth Social Mobile Startup Raises $600K From Google Ventures, SV Angel And Others ( [edit]
  11. Local Q&A Site Hipster Raises $1M From Google Ventures, Lightbank, 500 Startups And More ( [edit]
  12. Milk Completes $1.5 Million Angel Round, Packed with Valley Names ( [edit]
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  15. Swype swipes new capital ( [edit]
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