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Caen Contee

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

CEO at Connect. Serial, purpose-driven entrepreneur, chef, and student of languages. Startup Ops, Marketing, BD, and Sales maven.

CEO at Connect. Serial, purpose-driven entrepreneur, chef, and student of languages. Startup Ops, Marketing, BD, and Sales maven.

9 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Ad Sales
  • Business Development
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Product
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations
  • • Product

Involved In






Co-Founder & CEO Connect April 2015 - present
Business Development Lead T26 Corp July 2011 - July 2012
Director of Marketing and Int'l Development Meetings4You July 2010 - June 2011
Board Advisor Lifeable 2015 - present
Chief Operating Officer Connect April 2014 - April 2015
Co-Founder, CEO Culination October 2012 - December 2013
Chef, Instructor, and Business Development Partner Kitchen on Fire June 2008 - October 2012
Business Development Coordinator T26 Corp July 2011 - July 2012
Jr. Exec. Meetings Broker Prestige Resorts & Destinations August 2010 - July 2011
Director of Int'l Development and Marketing Meetings4You July 2010 - June 2011
Director of Human Resources and Media The Global Syndicate September 2008 - December 2010
Extended Stage and Chef Chez Panisse 2009 - 2010


Dartmouth College East Asian Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, English Language and Literature 2004 - 2008
St. Paul's School for Boys 2000 - 2004
The Mountain School 2002 - 2003
Beijing University Mandarin Language Studies
Zhejiang University of Technology Mandarin and International Business

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Cofounder With
  • • Data Science
  • • Engineering
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Product Design
  • • Social
  • • Mobile Design
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Education
  • • Events
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Int'l Development (Outside US/Canada)
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Social Impact
  • • Transportation
  • • Travel
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Edutainment
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Content
  • • food
  • • hospitality
  • • restaurants

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Fundraising • Social Entrepreneurship • Business Strategy • Marketing Strategy • Disruptive Technologies

Key Accomplishments

As a purpose-driven entrepreneur and student of international cultures, I am a synergist steering ops, marketing, business development, and sales within startups.

An NSEP Boren Scholar and Freeman-Asia Award winner while on a full-ride to Dartmouth College, my passions led me to study Medicinal Cuisine in China, to cook at Alice Waters' Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA, and later co-lead startups with the potential to redefine human behavior. My passions include connecting passionate people, maximizing potentials, and scaling human trust. A serial tech entrepreneur, I currently hang my hat at Connect as CEO.

Reach out. I am a connector at heart. We rise together.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I'm a hustler and super-connector with a uniquely high EQ/IQ ratio. Strategic, my aim is on amplifying others. As a serial entrepreneur I have overseen business operations, led key business development and funding initiatives, as well as secured vital partnerships.

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Andrea Lake
We worked together
I think what we're all looking for is someone who has a proven track record, not only has Caen started & sold successful companies, he's als ... o a developer who is creative. What more can you ask for..?
Robin Barrow
They're my current cofounder
Caen is great entrepreneur, as he has the ability to identify the components of a venture by connecting relevant parties to relevant tangibl ... es and assess the risk to create something new.
Andrew Metcalf
They're my friends
Strong vision for his product and ability to communicate that vision to others. Great networker and able to get in touch with the right peo ... ple to move his business forward. Proven track record of exceptional performance in various fields.
Blake West
They're my school  •  Founder, Teacher @ LessonUp. Co-inventor of Hummingbird notation. Former pro musician. Wharton '09. Love music, learning, reading.
Caen is one of the only people I know who legitimately has the "reality-distortion field" when he talks about his projects. He makes it easy ... to see his vision, but then at the end of the meeting, he'll find a way to help you out. This makes him a natural biz dev talent, because everyone wants to help him back. And yeah, he knows everyone. If you need a hustler by your side, you'd be silly not to consider Caen.
Adam Sah
Founder/CEO, Buyer's Best Friend. Previously board member, SenSage. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Caen is a wonderful person, super warm and empathetic. Simultaneously, he kicks ass in networking, sharing best practices and more.
Anima Sarah LaVoy
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Chief Innovation Officer, Connect.
Caen can wrap his head around a problem faster than anyone I know. He'll get the big picture, immediately see opportunities for action, and ... have the relationships in place to make those things happen. Probably by midnight. I've seen Caen work his magic in a number of contexts - here at work, in the lives of friends who seek his advice, and with a number of his advisees and their enterprises. Best of all, Caen is an absolutely pleasure to work with. He’s a natural collaborator, and in every project where I’ve seen him, he just ends up creating a much bigger pie for everyone involved. Sometimes literally - he’s also a fantastic chef who is generous with his cooking!
Nick Gonzalez
We worked together  •  Lead UX/UI Designer, Connect and Principal Designer, Nick Gonzalez Design.
Caen would be a great advisor, because simply put, he knows how to get things done. He understands and values deep relationships, using his ... vast networks to build teams with passion, making great products come to life. Caen's flawless process of research, execution, and implementation makes him an invaluable veteran of the industry. I would most definitely not think twice without consulting Caen as a mentor, connector, and friend on any new project coming my way.
Robin Barrow
We worked together  •  Experience Director, GoDaddy. Previously Design Consultant, Tipbit.
Caen is an electrically charged, motivated, and insightful spear, that targets the core essence of a business. He also provides an instincti ... ve edge, with a diverse range of experience. Culturally attuned on a global level, Caen also has a firm understanding of scale and international development needs. Infectiously, inspiring, energetic endeavors to the max.
Emma Toshack
We worked together  •  Founder & CEO, Splash'd Photo and MBA, Class of 2014, Harvard Business School. Harvard Business School grad.
Caen is a fantastic advisor. He's incredibly smart, very tactical, hugely inspiring, and a wonderful human being. He can help you think thro ... ugh any problem, both tactically and strategically. He's well connected. He's inspiring. He's supportive. He's pretty fantastic.

Blake West
They're my school
Blake's drive is ignited by passion and grounded by a deep sense of self-awareness and humility. As a business man, he is an analytical mind ... but communicates a vision well. He takes the needed risk to innovate as a culture. Blake was a highschool friend and is a now startup colleague whom I am proud to support.

Robin Barrow
They're my current cofounder
Robin has a natural eye, unparalleled experience and an amazing ability to empathize with customers through design. He's not only been in th ... e trenches as a design monkey, but acted as an Art/Design director for myriad interactive/responsive digital projects/campaigns. His belief in minimal, iterative design focuses on eliminating waste without sacrificing experience.

Chetan Nandakumar
They're my friends
Chetan is a "mapper" who can also be a "builder". A rare combination, he is realizing his strengths and is ready to lead. An amazing colleag ... ue, he strives to work with and for you.

Noah Addy
They're my advisor  •  Founder, Digital Fio and Software Development Engineer & UX Designer, Microsoft.
Noah has a curiosity exceeded only by his ability to execute. To be playful, creative, self-assured and all the while coachable speaks to hi ... s rare talent.

Adam Sah
We worked together  •  Founder/CEO, Buyer's Best Friend. Previously board member, SenSage. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Adam is a rare breed of doer, philosopher and teacher. His hunger is unquenchable. His ability to take you from assumptions based on local m ... axima to testing hypotheses centered around global optimization incomparable. He can be tough, but the love and care coming from "Old Man Sah" is undeniable.

Kurt Schmidt
We worked together  •  Strategic Advisor at Intel Corporation, Board Advisor at Connect, Partner at Triangle Angel Partners. Duke Law School
Kurt is a gentlemen among men, and a leader among builders. Experienced, balanced, wise, and hungry, Kurt is an ally and friend who becomes ... a core part of any team.