I spent the first 8 years of my career working in education, first as a public school teacher and then in educational non profit. Ultimately after some twists and turns and almost graduate degrees (admitted and never went) instead changed and built my peripatetic entrepreneurial career. That is a classy way of saying I basically had no
I spent the first 8 years of my career working in education, first as a public school teacher and then in educational non profit. Ultimately after some twists and turns and almost graduate degrees (admitted and never went) instead changed and built my peripatetic entrepreneurial career. That is a classy way of saying I basically had no plan, limited direction and it took me about ten years out of school to finally figure out what I wanted to do in life.
It wasn't like I had a big revelation or anything. It was more about leveraging my unique skill set: the ability to spin good yarns, a constant curiosity, poor grapho-motor skills, a love of Kombucha and a desire to wear sneakers. With that winning combo, what else could I do?
So here's some stuff that I did in the process:
I made three #1 apps. Why does this amuse me? Because I still remember the first time I used a cell phone. It was as big as a football and had a special suitcase it came in.
The biggest app was Draw Something. The game has well over 100 million downloads and is one of the most downloaded games ever in the history of the iPhone. We sold OMGPOP to Zynga for $180 million.
Before I sold OMGPOP I also sold my first start up TicketWeb to IAC. To show you my impressive streak, it was twelve years between those two events.
I also worked for Richard Branson at Virgin. That was fun. And way back in the beginning I was on the first team to build Teach For America and I eventually became the President of Teach For America.
How did I do it all you ask? I will let you in on my secret which is open source and I encourage you to replicate: Mostly luck, combined with vegetarian living, the ability to catch on to TV shows three seasons after everyone else does, the ability to cheer for losing sports teams (go Eagles), and a complete and utter inability to ever assemble a toy given to my kids. One last thing: everything about business I learned from The Wire.
Head of Digital @ digital strategy, investments, managing partner WME Ventures, make stuff, give unsolicited advice, guy who says no a lot, head of heads of stuff. Also making Tally - people powered newsfeeds on #anything From September 2013 to Present (2 years 2 months) greater new york city areaFounder @ Inside Startups is a look into startups all over the world. We also run job mailing lists with exclusive start up jobs. Sign up for the list at insidestartups dot org. From February 2011 to Present (4 years 9 months) GM New York, VP Mobile @ Made Draw Something 2
Worked on Draw Something game show
General corporate stuff From March 2012 to April 2013 (1 year 2 months) Greater New York City AreaCEO @ Social game company. We made Draw Something which was downloaded over 100 million times. In March 2012 OMGPOP was acquired by Zynga. At that time Draw Something was the biggest social game in the world. Now it's also a board game, a TV show, has a sequel and over 10 billion drawings. From December 2008 to 2012 (4 years) SVP Corporate Development @ Responsible for launching new Virgin branded businesses in the US and portfolio management of existing Virgin businesses. Launched Virgin Music Festivals in US and Canada. From December 2005 to February 2009 (3 years 3 months) VP Business Development / Digital Strategy @ Be Music was a unit of Bertelsmann and that operated the BMG Music Club and CD Now. One time I talked to Steve Jobs on the phone. From March 2003 to July 2005 (2 years 5 months) COO @ Help start and build the first online ticketing company. Went from 3 to 70 people, raised money etc. Sold to Ticketmaster CitySearch in May 2000. From February 1998 to February 2001 (3 years 1 month) President @ Company built around link sharing and universal authentication. Was at the bleeding edge of web services. From 2000 to 2001 (1 year) President @ Was involved with Teach For America from the very beginning. Ran all the recruitment and selection and eventually served as the President. From August 1990 to August 1994 (4 years 1 month)
AB, History @ Princeton University From 1984 to 1988 M.A., Latin American Studies @ New York University From 1990 to 1995 Friends Central Dan Porter is skilled in: Ticketing, Venture Capital, Mobile, Digital Media, Social Media, Business Strategy, Entertainment, Start-ups, Entrepreneur, Social Games, Virtual Goods, Mobile Games, Entrepreneurship, Gardening, Strategic Partnerships, Mobile Devices, Monetization, Strategy, Mobile Applications, E-commerce