Dan Sato – Senior Advisor Startup Mentoring Services & Education
Senior-level executive with 20+ years of international general management, finance, and sales and marketing experience with entrepreneurial technology companies. An excellent communicator with the ability to build, lead and motivate high performance teams. Innovative, flexible and quickly adaptable in fast paced and changing conditions.
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. Currently Co-Founder Cross Campus Santa Monica a startup community center.
Specialties:Key skills include building & mentoring startups, creating & managing efficient growth, establishing marketing/brand leadership, and building profitable customer relationships across multiple communication and commerce channels, including all digital channels.