Dan Beldy is a partner at Powerplant Ventures. Dan has spent the last 20 years in technology and finance as an investor and venture capitalist. Previously, Dan was a managing director at Steamboat Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of The Walt Disney Company, where he led the U.S. venture team. Prior to that he was a partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, the first venture firm to focus exclusively on software investments.
Dan has been involved with several successful companies as an investor and advisor including Method, acquired by Ecover; Playdom, acquired by Disney (NYSE: DIS); FreeWheel, acquired by Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA); Greystripe, acquired by ValueClick (NASDAQ: VCLK); upLynk, acquired by Verizon (NYSE: VZ); Employease, acquired by ADP (NASDAQ: ADP); and Starmine, acquired by Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI).
Earlier in his career Dan was an F/A-18 fighter pilot and instructor in the U.S. Navy, and served with the Brazilian Navy during an exchange program. Dan has a B.S. in Computer Science with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from The Wharton School. He enjoys family and friends, golf, triathlons and is an avid Springsteen fan. Dan has completed 290+ carrier landings, delivered 25,000+ copies of the NY Daily News, and has completed a triathlon at Alcatraz and a marathon in Antarctica.