Meet Dan Whitaker –
Fun is Dan Whitaker’s Approach to Business. As a serial entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Start-up mentor, Dan knows all about what it takes to connect ideas, research and passion to customers and markets, and he makes sure he has fun doing it. With more than 15 start-ups and growth companies in Oregon under his belt, he’s “been there and done that”, and is generous with his advice and support to other entrepreneurs. Dan’s experience includes helping Rogue Wave Software through a successful IPO, and working with a wide range company funding’s from Venture Capital rounds and Angel investing to bridge loans.
Dan’s great laugh is heard at start-up gatherings all over Benton County and the state of Oregon, and his smiling and smart advice is valued by dozens of entrepreneurs each year. Having recently worked to help Oregon State re-boot its commercialization programs, he’s now finding entrepreneurs to match with the inventions at the University. In addition to his OSU work, and having fun with his own businesses, Dan is extremely active in the Willamette Innovators Network, the Willamette Angel Conference, the Oregon Angel network, and the Oregon Angel Fund; his goal is to connect inventors with entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurs with mentoring and funding