Dan Engel is a Venture Capitalist–in-Residence at OCV, and has been a B2B and B2C software entrepreneur since 1997. Until 2015 Mr. Engel was CEO & Co-Founder or Board Member at FastSpring, a fintech SaaS platform for 4,000 software companies worldwide. FastSpring was acquired in 2013 by Pylon Capital and again in 2018 by Accel-KKR.
Prior to FastSpring, Mr. Engel led online customer acquisition/advertising for Google during its IPO phase. Before Google, he was VP of Market Development at Picasa, a digital photo consumer software company sold to Google in 2004 (now known as Google Photos). Previously, he led customer acquisition/revenue generation for GoToMyPC & GoToMeeting software, helping lead to a $225 million initial acquisition by Citrix & building a major brand that today generates over $600 million in recurring SaaS revenue. In 2016, the software was again acquired, this time by LogMeIn for $1.8 billion.
Mr. Engel has been an investor, advisor, and/or board member at NGEN Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, TechStars, Apeel Sciences, SafeGraph, Blue Triangle Technologies, TrackStreet, Mobile1st, and other firms. He serves on the boards of New Beginnings, a non-profit that provides counseling services to military veteran, low income and homeless individuals, and Partners in Housing Solutions, a non-profit that helps place homeless people from Santa Barbara County into permanent housing.
At 24, Mr. Engel was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Idealab, the #1 incubator of the .com era, after having started a consumer e-commerce company in college. Prior to being a software entrepreneur, Mr. Engel worked at Sanford Bernstein, Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, and Fidelity Investments (FMR). He has appeared in various publications, including Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. Dan graduated from Tulane University in 1998 with a degree in Finance.