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Dan Abelon

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Grew startup called SpeedDate to 23M users out of Stanford GSB. Raised $15M+, sold to IAC. Now onto a new angel-backed startup.

Grew startup called SpeedDate to 23M users out of Stanford GSB. Raised $15M+, sold to IAC. Now onto a new angel-backed startup.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
I have an idea I'm commited to

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In



iCapital Network
DreamIt Ventures


President & Founder March 2007 - June 2012
Investment Analyst International Finance Corporation July 2006 - September 2006
Summer Associate, Tech M&A Lazard June 2006 - July 2006
Strategy and Operational Consultant IBM Strategy and Change September 2002 - May 2005
Manager Columbia Student Enterprises Incubator December 1998 - May 2002
Sales Strategy 2000 - 2000


Stanford University Graduate School of Business Management 2005 - 2007
Columbia University in the City of New York Econ-Philosophy 1998 - 2002

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Engineering
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • News
  • • Email deliverability
  • • Ad Sales
  • • Natural language processing
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Dating
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Financial Services
  • • Mobile
  • • Robotics
  • • Social Impact

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Fundraising • Digital marketing • Product management • International development • Startups

Key Accomplishments

I was co-founder of, an online and mobile dating service with over 20 million members and 50 employees. Originally founded in 2007 to help my business school classmate find a date, SpeedDate has since raised over $10M in capital from Menlo Ventures, and was the subject of a Stanford Technology Ventures Program case study on early-stage financing. The first site to bring the speed dating concept online, SpeedDate uses a patented system to help singles quickly find chemistry through 5-minute web-based speed dates.

Prior to launching SpeedDate, I worked for IBM's Business Consulting Services where I advised IBM on its sale of Lenovo. I also spent time in Lazard's Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Group, and at the World Bank's International Finance Corporation, where I helped source investments in agriculture and information technology in the Philippines.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

In my journey to take SpeedDate from an idea to a full-fledged organization, I gained expertise in growing a user base using social channels, creating highly-rated mobile and web products, leveraging analytics to drive product, monetization, and marketing decisions. Also, hiring a team, financing, creating awesome culture, attracting advisors, etc.

As an Advisor

I founded and grew my last startup to 23 Million users (SpeedDate - Acquired by IAC). Focus on viral marketing / growth hacking, venture fundraising, team-building, mobile product development, PR, subscriptions, analytics, etc. I also play the keytar.

I've advised startups backed by investors such as Accel, Bessemer, Y Combinator, 500 Startups, Dreamit Ventures, and Great Oaks VC.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

Be the first to vouch for Dan.

Nathan Beckord
They're my friends
HE's a great advisor to startups, and taking it upon himself to start one that is all about helping entrepeneurs.

Daniel Wiser
They're my school  •  Head of Marketing, Attune Foods (acquired by Post Foods). Previously Senior Brand Manager, The Hain Celestial Group. Stanford GSB grad.
Very bright guy with a lot of potential!

Jed Weissberg
COO/Co-Founder, Alpha Pipe Inc. and CEO/Founder, Whencorp. NYU grad.

Justin Soffer
They're my friends  •  VP Marketing at Travelzoo, Advisor/Investor, Tsai Capital Corporation
Very smart, experienced guy.

Nathan Beckord
They're my friends  •  Co-founder and Chief Hustler, Foundersuite (productivity tools for entrepreneurs). Formerly VP Business Development, appbackr inc..
He's completely passionate about helping entrepreneurs.