Dan Dato

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.

Website: crosscamp.us
Los Angeles, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since April 10, 2013
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Investor interests
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're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, 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/innovators 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.