Dan Dato
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Dan Dato

Serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Cross Campus. Located in Santa Monica, Cross Campus is an engine of creativity and innovation serving as the hub of entrepreneurship in Silicon Beach.

Los Angeles, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since April 10, 2013
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Type of investor Incubator
Typical investment size $25,000 - $50,000
Typical investments in a year 10
Locations of interest
Credentials Accredited Investor

I am a(n):


If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to change the world.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Hiring people... it's amazing to give people a career.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Hiring people... it's always incredibly difficult.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Hiring people... it all about the team, team , team.

Full bio

Dan is an experienced entrepreneur and veteran senior executive of several venture-backed digital businesses. His passion has always been working with startups. It’s something that began as a CPA for Arthur Andersen where he served as an advisor to the earliest internet companies, including Auto-by-Tel and Yahoo’s first ad sales agency, and participated in several M&A and IPO deals. His expertise in digital business has taken him around the globe, living in China & Europe, and includes leading The Motley Fool’s European operations (internet content, community & advertising) and founding a digital marketing strategy firm. Since returning to the US in 2004, Dan has developed products and built sales & marketing teams with TouchCommerce (SaaS e commerce chat/IM) and Evryx Technologies (mobile search & marketing), while also serving as an advisor & mentor to several early-stage companies in the areas of product development, strategy & fund raising in a variety of industries such as publishing, education, internet infrastructure and mobile. Dan has helped his companies raise more than $50 million in venture & corporate financing.