Initial applications include allocating sales territories and accounts.Ben is a graduate of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, graduating with a bachelor's degree with dual majors in civil & environmental engineering and public policy studies.Ben serves or has served on a number of non-profit boards, including the Chordoma Foundation, FACE AIDS, and the Duke University Board of Trustees. Jan joined EMBL Ventures in 2002 and is now a Managing Director with the firm, focusing on opportunities in the life science and medical device sectors.
His investing activities include Ven Seed, an accelerator for high-potential venture capital managers, and he is also helping a family office in New York establish a seed fund called Edge Harris.
Dan focuses on incubating technology products including Ready Graph, a Saa S tool that allows websites to automate their growth; and SIGNL, a big data tool that detects when private companies start achieving momentum.
Previously, Dan co-founded Speed Date.com, a venture-backed online dating service with over 23 million members that was sold to IAC.
In order to bring the speed dating concept online, Dan gained expertise in growth hacking, subscription payments, web analytics, and mobile product development.
Prior to launching Speed Date, Dan worked for IBM’s Business Consulting Services.
He also spent time in Lazard’s Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Group and at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation where he sourced investments in agriculture and information technology in the Philippines.
Dan holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
He received his BA in economics and philosophy from Columbia University, where he cofounded the Columbia Entrepreneurship Club and grew an advertising business through the university’s incubator.
Dan loves to travel, and has worked in international development as a volunteer in various countries, including Ghana, Thailand, and Ukraine.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing the keytar, composing digital music, skiing, and biking.
Dan serves as an Endeavor Expert, mentoring entrepreneurs in the developing world, and is a member of the Manhattan chapter of YPO. For Ben, this company is the culmination of nearly a decade of research around business ideas that produce significant and scalable energy efficiency savings.