Dan Kohn

Picture of Dan KohnDan’s career spans the major technology trends of the last two decades: the web, mobile, and open source software.

Dan is VP, Product at Shop My Label, a social commerce marketplace that enables users to make money by sharing their fashion style with friends.

Dan previously built the leading autism therapy website, Healing Thresholds Autism Therapy. He co-founded the site after his nephew was diagnosed with a genetic disorder putting him at high risk for autism. The site provides layperson-accessible summaries of essentially all child-focused research from the last several years, plus comprehensive therapy fact sheets and a global directory of autism therapists.

As the #2 person at the Linux Foundation (LF), Dan previously managed the not-for-profit trade group that promotes, protects and advances Linux, with an annual budget of over $10 M. He orchestrated the merger of the two predecessor organizations in 2006. Collaborating closely with the high-powered board representing the whole technology industry, Dan rebuilt the LF by assembling a unified business plan and budget, winning over the combined membership and running a consistent budget surplus.

Dan served as a general partner at Skymoon Ventures, a $70 M seed-stage venture capital firm that created startups in semiconductors and telecom infrastructure. He co-founded and served as the initial CEO of Pedestal Networks, an innovative DSL equipment company (sold to UT Starcom); Dash Networks, the first Internet-enabled automotive GPS device (sold to RIM); and Habeas, an email accreditation and reputation company that helps legitimate mailers ensure delivery (sold to Return Path). In each case, Dan developed the business plan, hired the management team and raised external venture funding.

For the previous 5 years, Dan helped manage several telecom firms controlled by Craig McCaw, including XO Communications, Nextel (now Sprint), ICO, and Teledesic. He served as a key negotiator in transforming a $12 million portal outsourcing payment from Nextel to Netscape into a $600 million investment by Microsoft into Nextel. He conducted board-level presentations as part of investor and contract negotiations around the world, raising over $1.6 B. He authored the business plan and financial model for Teledesic, the global, broadband Internet-in-the-Sky backed by telecom pioneer Craig McCaw and Bill Gates.

Dan started his career as founder and CEO of NetMarket, one of the first Internet companies. In 1994, he led the development of the first music store on the web, including conducting the first secure commercial transaction, deploying the first commercial database-backed website, and implementing the first shopping cart. He later sold NetMarket to Cendant, a multi-billion dollar membership services company.

Dan received a bachelor's degree in Economics and Computer Science from the Honors program of Swarthmore College, and studied at Exeter and the London School of Economics. He is married to Dr. Julie Pullen, an oceanographer and meteorologist who runs the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence at the Stevens Institute of Technology. They live in Manhattan with their two young sons.

He can be reached at dan@dankohn.com.