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Don Daglow

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

3-time Inc. 500 CEO, Tech & Engineering Emmy® Award honoree, produced 2 of first 3 EA sports titles, Advisor to Mobile App and Games teams.

3-time Inc. 500 CEO, Tech & Engineering Emmy® Award honoree, produced 2 of first 3 EA sports titles, Advisor to Mobile App and Games teams.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Product
I have an idea I'm commited to

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Product

Involved In


Daglow Entertainment, LLC
Founders Space
Daglow Entertainment, LLC


CEO 4thRing Inc. March 2015 - present
Mentor / Advisor Founders Space August 2014 - present
President Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences 2011 - present
International Speaker and Advisor -- Games and Mobile Apps Daglow Entertainment, LLC 2010 - present
Collections Development Consultant International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) 2009 - present
Member, Board of Directors Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences 2003 - 2011
Independent Game Producer & Designer Interactive Entertainment 2008 - 2010
President & CEO Stormfront Studios 1988 - 2008
Executive Publisher, Entertainment & Education Division Broderbund Software Inc. 1987 - 1988
Producer Electronic Arts (EA) 1983 - 1987
Director, Intellivision Game Development Mattel, Inc. 1980 - 1983
Instructor Claremont Graduate University 1976 - 1980
Game Designer Independent 1971 - 1980


Claremont Graduate University Emphasis in Bilingual-Multicultural Education 1974 - 1976
Pomona College English, emphasis in Writing (Playwriting) 1970 - 1974
San Rafael High School

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Data Science
  • • Back End Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • Games
  • • Mobile
  • • Sports
  • • Fantasy Sports
  • • Mobile Games
  • • Online Games

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Game development • Game design • Mobile Games • Online gaming • Video Games

Key Accomplishments

I have an aggregate of over 25 years of experience as a CEO or GM and have placed my company on the Inc. 500 three times.

I have been involved in game design, development and software publishing for over 40 years. I started out as a passionate university student writing games, progressed to working in-house for game publishers as a designer-programmer and was promoted to GM roles. I then founded a successful independent game development company that I ran for 20 years. For the last six years I have advised a wide range of companies and teams around the world and given keynotes at a variety of international conferences.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Doing something that's good, that's a little bit better, or that's a little cheaper than an existing product is boring and a waste of time. Doing something that's &$^%$ great is what excites top people and top teams.

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Robert Gehorsam
We worked together
I have known Don for 25 years. The question is not why *would* Don be a great entrepreneur, because he already is. He has started multipl ... e successful companies with tenacity, drive and at personal sacrifice, is widely admired by his peers and has maintained the highest standards of integrity throughout. Don developed games for me in the early 1990's and I would collaborate with him again in a heartbeat.
Ann E. Greenberg
They're my friends
He already is a great entrepreneur. He starts from scratch to build great products. He is a big thinking with an even bigger heart. Anyo ... ne would be lucky to work with this leader in games.
Khizer Khaderi, MD, MPH
We worked together
Don is be definition an entrepreneur - He is an out of the box thinker, who is able to apply his knowledge and skill-set among a variety of ... verticals. I have had the pleasure of working with him and he has a track record that speaks for itself - he has worked worked in a variety of industries, successfully started his own game studio, and has advised multiple companies. He is well-known and can open doors that most entrepreneurs can not. In a word - Don is the type of person you would want to work with if your plan is not only to start an new endeavor, but to succeed in that endeavor.
Matt Shores
We worked together
When I first joined the video game industry, Don was the one that hired me. I was as "green as grass". There were many times I often wonde ... red why he made the decisions he made. As I formed my own start-up (now successfully running for over 5 years) I would meet up with Don from time to time. Each time, I can literally recall a decision he made as the lead entrepreneur in his own company. And each decision I had to admit "Don, you were right." I guess you could say that Don is one of the models of entrepreneur/business leader that I emulate to this day. This is what makes Don a great entrepreneur.
Tammy McDonald
They're my friends
Don has been a leader and pioneer in the interactive video game industry since its inception. He has led teams as a visionary and executed ... monumental titles to critical acclaim. Throughout his tenur, he has built a well-respected development studio and has maintained a professional reputation that very few can be compared with. As a child, I spent countless hours playing his games and as a peer today, I am proud to recommend Don as a memeber of your organization and can say with complete confidence that he will surpass any expectation that you may have.
Francois Bertrand
We worked together
Don is a very experienced entrepreneur who has been through it all and knows what it takes. He is truly an entrepreneur at heart and is as p ... assionate to create the next big thing as the most driven visionaries out there. This combination of experience and passion make him a force to be reckoned with.
Peter Raad
We worked together
I'm serving with Don Daglow on the board of a non-profit. He has also guest lectured at The Guildhall at SMU, a graduate school that I foun ... ded. Don is extremely well known and respected in the videogame industry, and I have found him to be honorable, conscientious, enthusiastic, intelligent, thoughtful, dynamic, and innovative. I believe Don has all the makings of an entrepreneur.
Tobi Saulnier
We worked together
Don has an impressive track record already, is highly regarded in his industry, and has accumulated rare practical wisdom related to busines ... ses and organizations. He can balance vision with tactical considerations - a must for a successful entrepreneur. Don will improve the odds for any startup needing creativity, integrity and drive.
Alan Miller
They're my friends
Successful in past. Persistent. Intelligent.
Mark Friedler
They're my friends
Don is a seasoned entrepreneur and CEO who has built and run several successful businesses. He is a visionary who can articulate his vision, ... build a talented team and execute and iterate quickly. He is the rare combination of a leader with experience, hunger for doing something new and bold and the ability and track record to show he knows how to do it and be very successful several times.
Alexander L. Fernandez
They're my friends
Don is a proven entrepreneur. He successfully built companies in the games space and gave his time to mentor the next generation of talent. ... His intellect, desire to help and willingness to share is rare given the commanding heights he has reached in his career.
Kellee Santiago
They're my friends
Don both has a wealth of experience and a continued gaze to the future possibilities, as well as thoughtfulness and integrity.
Guy Bendov
We worked together
Don has been a great entrepreneur buy building A class teams and leading them through a clear vision for a product and a changing markets
Frank Sliwka
We worked together
With Don´s longterm and most valuable achievements in the game industry he is one of the best people from the games industry to become a en ... trepeneur.
Harald Riegler
We worked together
Don is a great entrepreneur, who has successfully run businesses for decades. He is creative, has high integrity, and knows how to get thing ... s done. On top of that he has a lot of experience designing highly successful games, and he has a huge network in the industry.
Sherry McKenna
They're my friends
He already is a great entrepreneur. He has all the qualities including, past experience and the right attitude. He understands the medium ... and understands what it takes to drive a company to success.
Nicole Lazzaro
We worked together  •  President, XEODesign, Inc, XEOPlay, Inc. and Member, International Game Developers Association (IGDA). Stanford grad.
Don is seasoned games entrepreneur having built many A level teams including running his own studio. He's an exceptional mentor, advisor, an ... d positive influence on everyone he meets. When experience matters, Don's experience counts!
Steve Peterson
Senior Editor, The Gamer Network and West Coast Editor, GamesIndustry International. University of California, Santa Barbara grad.
Don has shown great talent at creating and building companies as well as some of the great games in the industry. The breadth of his knowled ... ge of the game business is unrivaled, and he's shown a mastery of managing creatives in large, complex projects to reach AAA results.

Frank Sliwka
We worked together
I've worked as an Advisor for Frank in a start-up environment and he was very effective.

Shelley Miles
Co- founder, CBDO, Revizzit LLC and President, Kids-List, Inc. University of Southern California grad.
Shelley has deep experience as a business leader, and in our meetings she impressed me greatly with her knowledge and -- more importantly -- ... her wisdom. She has that rare skill of really listening to others when she talks with them and considers the opinions of others, even in cases where she has strong opinions. I recommend her strongly as an Advisor.

Alyssa Walles
Board of Directors, Atari, S.A. and President/Founder, Amplitude Consulting, Inc.. University of Southern California grad.
Alyssa has deep experience in Strategy and Marketing in the interactive entertainment space, and is a proactive professional who continually ... contributes to the professional community.

Cris Popenoe
National Board Delegate, New Media Council, Producers Guild of America and President, Dawn Productions LLC. University of Maryland grad.
Cris is a deeply experienced entrepreneur who understands technology, consumers, culture and the intersection of the three. She speaks fran ... kly, openly and wisely, a rare combination. It's a pleasure to endorse her.

Nicole Lazzaro
President, XEODesign, Inc, XEOPlay, Inc. and Member, International Game Developers Association (IGDA). Stanford grad.
Nicole has already been a successful entrepreneur for many years. She is one of the top experts in the world in how to inspire emotion in g ... ames, and this is just part of a broad range of UX and interactivity expertise she has earned through years of work. I endorse her confidently.

Steve Cartwright
They're my friends  •  Manager of Interactive Design, Bluescape. Previously Studio Director, Stealth Game Startup.
Steve has already proven himself to be entrepreneurial in a variety of settings over many years. He is both a solidly-grounded executive an ... d a strong engineer, but most of all he just gets products done, and does so with quality. I recommend him strongly.

Steve Peterson
We worked together  •  Senior Editor, The Gamer Network and West Coast Editor, GamesIndustry International. University of California, Santa Barbara grad.
Steve has proven himself over many years as both a creative innovator and as an independent entrepreneur. He communicates complex ideas well ... and turns them into useful, easy to understand concepts.

Dewey Reid
We worked together  •  Vice President, Executive Creative Director CNN Digital, CNN. Previously Vice President Design for Mobile & Emerging Products, Yahoo.
Dewey Reid is quite simply the real deal, one of the fewest, brightest gems at the top of a very big global pyramid of people who understand ... both technology and design. Brilliant guy whose success has been driven by originality and talent, not connections.

Tony Parisi
We worked together  •  Chief Futurist, Pied Piper and Editor-in-Chief, Learning WebGL.
Tony is literally one of the leading experts on VR in the world. For most people that would be hyperbole, but for him it's simply a statemen ... t of fact.

Tom Kalinske
Member Board of Directors, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Executive Chairman, Global Education Learning.
Tom Kalinske needs no vouches -- he is one of the most prominent interactive technology executives in the history of the global industry. He ... also has a great sense of people, and has picked the right managers early in their careers who grew to be impact players on his teams.

Chris Petrovic
SVP, Head of Corporate Strategy & Development, Kabam and Advisor, Lyricle.
Chris is one of the most experienced executives in the games industry, with C-level positions on both the retail and the publishing side of ... the business, and in both packaged goods and free-to-play models. He is a strategic thinker and has market vision in a space where many claim such skills but few possess them.

Kathy Astromoff
VP of Developer Success, Twitch and Consultant, Face to Face Marketing Strategy. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Kathy Astromoff is a highly experienced executive who has experience in a variety of company settings. I especially value her mixture of wis ... dom and non-judgmental interaction, qualities which make her an especially valuable Advisor.