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Dennis J. Cagan

Entrepreneur • Advisor Dallas/Fort Worth Area, US

Board Expert & Shadow CEO | 54 Corporate Boards | CEO Consultant Since 1983 | High-Tech Entrepreneur | Chairman | Author | Interim Executive

Board Expert & Shadow CEO | 54 Corporate Boards | CEO Consultant Since 1983 | High-Tech Entrepreneur | Chairman | Author | Interim Executive

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Growth
  • Marketing
I don't yet have an idea I'm excited about
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing

Involved In

Founder

Acorn Technologies, Inc.
Santa Barbara Technology Group, LLC
Acorn Technologies, Inc.
Caganco Incorporated
David Jamison Carlyle Corporation
Soroc Technology

Advisor

Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, University of Texas, Dallas
Merchant National
Tavros Technology, Inc
Message Media, Inc.
Commission Junction
ISOCOR
Virtual Integrated Paralegal Services, Inc. dba Virtech Paralegal
Wavefront Technologies
Noza, Inc.
ScamSafe dba Truston
Encryptics
Copper Mobile, Inc.
Openwave Systems (originally Software.com, Inc.)
Blue Casa Communications
Prista Corporation
InTouch Technologies
TouchCommerce
Bargain Network, Inc.
SmartReceipt, Inc. (formerly Nutricate Corporation)
SureBooks LLC
Acorn Technologies, Inc.
North Texas RCIC

Positions

Board Director Pratter, Inc. January 2016 - present
Advisory Board Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, University of Texas, Dallas January 2016 - present
Member First Baptist Church Of Frisco January 2015 - present
Board Director Prista Corporation June 2014 - present
Presiding Director HeartStories December 2013 - present
Co-Founder and Board of Directors (former Chairman) Acorn Technologies, Inc. 1998 - present
Chairman, CEO and Founder Santa Barbara Technology Group, LLC January 2000 - present
Board of Directors (co-founder and former Chairman) Acorn Technologies, Inc. 1998 - present
Founder, CEO & President Caganco Incorporated August 1981 - present
Board Director (of 53 for-profit company boards) Caganco Incorporated June 1968 - present
Chairman of the Board of Directors Tavros Technology, Inc October 2013 - November 2015
Director (formerly Chairman of the Board) Copper Mobile, Inc. March 2012 - November 2015
Director (formerly Chairman of the Board) Copper Mobile March 2012 - November 2015
Chairman of the Board of Directors ScamSafe dba Truston 2003 - March 2015
Chairman of the Board of Directors Truston 2003 - March 2015
Board of Directors SmartReceipt, Inc. (formerly Nutricate Corporation) February 2003 - March 2013
Board of Directors SmartReceipt March 2003 - March 2013
Chairman of the Board Merchant National April 2011 - September 2012
President, CEO and Board of Managers Encryptics June 2011 - November 2011
Board of Directors Virtual Integrated Paralegal Services, Inc. dba Virtech Paralegal January 2011 - November 2011
Board of Directors Virtech Paralegal January 2011 - November 2011
President, CEO and Board of Managers SureBooks LLC March 2009 - March 2011
Evaluator and Mentor North Texas RCIC January 2008 - March 2011
Board of Directors Noza, Inc. June 2004 - September 2010
Chairman of the Board of Directors TouchCommerce January 2003 - October 2008
Chairman, CEO & President TWL Knowlege Group May 2006 - May 2008
Chairman, CEO & President TWL Corporation May 2006 - May 2008
Board of Directors Intouch with Health 2001 - 2005
Board of Directors InTouch Health 2001 - 2005
Board of Directors Bargain Network, Inc. January 2003 - December 2004
Board of Directors Bargain Network January 2003 - December 2004
Board of Directors Blue Casa Communications January 2002 - December 2004
Board of Directors Commission Junction February 1999 - November 2003
Board of Directors CJ Affiliate March 1999 - November 2003
President, CEO and Board of Directors Message Media, Inc. January 1999 - December 1999
Board of Directors ISOCOR March 1997 - September 1999
Board of Directors, SVP Sales & Marketing Openwave Systems (originally Software.com, Inc.) December 1995 - July 1997
Board of Directors, SVP Sales & Marketing Openwave Systems December 1995 - July 1997
Board of Directors Alias|Wavefront June 1984 - December 1994
Board of Directors Wavefront Technologies January 1983 - December 1994
Director, and (interim) SVP Sales & Marketing Century Computer Marketing 1991 - 1994
Director Great Bear Technologies, Inc. 1986 - 1990
Founder, CEO and Vice-Chairman David Jamison Carlyle Corporation 1976 - 1981
Co-Founder and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Soroc Technology 1975 - 1976
Western Regional Manager Lear Siegler, Inc. 1973 - 1975
Western Regional Manager Delta Data Systems 1970 - 1971
Director of Marketing Information Processing On-Line June 1969 - August 1970
Sales Call-A-Computer March 1968 - June 1969
Computer Operations IBM March 1967 - January 1968

Education

University of California, Los Angeles Studied Economics 1962 - 1965
Van Nuys High School Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1959 - 1962

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Robotics
  • • boards of directors

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Digital marketing • Financial Services • Business Development • Startups • Corporate Governance

Key Accomplishments

Started over a dozen companies, advised/mentored several hundred, sat on almost fifty boards of directors, been in the technology business since 1967. Been a successful executive, director, mentor, investor, and advisor.

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Derek
They're my friends
It's not that Dennis would be a great entrepreneur, but rather that he is. His track record speaks for itself.
William Mays
We worked together  •  Board Member, Nancy Lieberman Foundation and Chairman, DKB Innovative Solutions.
Dennis has invaluable success driven experience, at all cycles of a business life. And across many industries. His ability to see a business ... and its challenges/critical needs from 360 degrees is world class. His management style proves that you can value people and rate of return for shareholders at the same time.
Richard Lindenmuth
Interim CEO and Board Member, Interim CEO at Styrotek - Verto Partners Founder and Partner, Verto Partners LLC. Wharton grad.
Dennis is an experienced entrepreneur with a solid network and track record. His breadth of experience and skill sets are very impressive
Len Chermack
Board Adviser VistaraIT, NetEnrich, and Listler. Serial CEO and co-founder of several SaaS and Cloud companies in Ca and Texas.
Dennis has run startups, serves on boards and once had a thriving incubator in Santa Barbara, so those who really seek knowledge on a startu ... p should look to Dennis. I have known him a number of years and once served in one of his incubated companies.
Steve Woodworth
Director, Blois Construction, Inc. and Principal, Channel Islands Equities Limited (dba SDW Advisors).

Derek Stumfall
They're my friends
He is passionate about his venture. He is all-in, holding nothing back. He keeps at it and does not see failure as an option. He is highly p ... rincipled, and experienced. All this adds up to a good chance for success.

Paul Mockapetris
Visiting Scholar, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie and Chief Scientist & Chairman, Nominum, Inc. University of California, Irvine grad.
Paul is one of the most brilliant technology strategists and visionaries that I have had the pleasure of serving on a board with. (1996-1997 ... ). I'd join him in any endeavor. Don't miss an opportunity to discuss the cutting edge of the Internet with him.

Jim McHugh
We worked together  •  Former CEO/Senior executive, Director/Advisor to multiple companies . Former CEOCreator, Writer, 9Stucks Blog and Mentor, Mass Challenge.
Jim is extremely knowledgable and experienced is governance and operations. I have enjoyed the times we have spoken on panels together. He's ... an asset to any organization.

Richard Lindenmuth
They're my friends  •  Interim CEO and Board Member, Interim CEO at Styrotek - Verto Partners Founder and Partner, Verto Partners LLC. Wharton grad.
Very active in current best practices.

Derek Stumfall
They're my friends
Very dedicated, determined, experienced and engaging.

Brad Feld
Board Member, AvidXchange, Inc. and Board Member, Glowforge. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.
Brad is one of the best entrepreneurs, board members, and advisors I have had the honor to have worked with. He has been incredibly successf ... ul and prolific. He is deservedly recognized as a top-tier VC and promoter of entrepreneurial communities. Anyone can benefit from working with Brad.