Daniel Dart is the Investor-in-Residence at Dynamo Ventures. Prior to Dynamo, Daniel worked in a bit of everything, from startups and private equity in London to development and infrastructure work in Gaza, Saudi Arabia, and Algeria - he even spent a few years as a janitor and a maid. In the second chapter of his life, Daniel is focused on investing in and supporting early-stage tech companies within blue-collar industries, powering the people and communities he grew up in.
A unique talent, Daniel matriculated to the London School of Economics graduate school without ever having received an undergraduate degree. And before that, his original research had already been published in Harvard Business Review and the World Economic Forum.
He is an active member of Milken Institute's Young Leaders Circle, an Advisory Board Member of Village Capital, a Board Member of Kickstart Global, and a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Forum. He holds two degrees from the London School of Economics and is an Executive MBA candidate at MIT, where he was awarded the Sloan Leadership and Pechacek Fellowships.
In his free time, you can catch Daniel watching NASCAR.
This list is long; I could talk about many people. But one person who immediately comes to mind is Professor Joanna Lewis from the London School of Economics (LSE). She was the person that supported my application to attend graduate school at LSE, even though the application process didn’t allow students to apply without a previous degree. However, she took a bet on me. And I was blessed to receive two masters degrees from LSE eventually. Now, a few years later, I am attending MIT - she truly gave me this opportunity by taking a chance on me, and I will forever be grateful to her. (And, surprisingly, we never met in person!)
My mom and dad. Throughout my life, I have had more ups and downs than I can count, but I firmly believed that as long as I kept trying my best and working hard, things would eventually work out. And that perspective is a result of my parents. My mother always reminds me that 'this too shall pass.’ And my father would tell me, ‘How far in can you go? Only halfway, because from there, you are no longer going in; you are going out. So, don’t give up; you are almost through.” I am grateful for them, and the ’never give up’ spirit they empowered me with.