Previously, Dan co-founded Speed Date.com, a venture-backed online dating service with over 23 million members that was sold to IAC.In order to bring the speed dating concept online, Dan gained expertise in growth hacking, subscription payments, web analytics, and mobile product development.Prior to launching Speed Date, Dan worked for IBM’s Business Consulting Services.He also spent time in Lazard’s Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Group and at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation where he sourced investments in agriculture and information technology in the Philippines.She attained practical experience in M&A and new ventures as an associate attorney at Naschitz, Brandes & Co., a position she held until joining IDC Herzliya in 2005.Dan joined Two Sigma Ventures as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence in 2015.Sola was the Executive Secretary of the Freedom Foundation, a Lagos, Nigeria-based nonprofit whose mission is to reach out, give hope, rehabilitate, educate, and empower impoverished persons in Nigeria through community-based programs and initiatives in order to achieve individual and community transformation.
Dan has helped incubate technology products including Ready Graph, a Saa S tool that allows websites to automate their growth; and SIGNL, a big data tool that detects when private companies start achieving momentum.
Until recently she served as the executive director of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, an avant-garde private university in Israel.
The innovative venture creation program she helped grow and develop in the ten years of her leadership allows undergraduates in their final year of study at IDC to experience entrepreneurship hands-on, taking ideas and developing them into funded startups.
At Westly, Ben served as a board observer at Oh So Clean, a sanitation company, and at Glacier Bay, a power management company whose battery-powered auxiliary unit enables truck fleets to save one gallon of fuel per hour of use by meeting the air-conditioning needs of their operators without idling their engines.
As an individual, Ben is also an advisor to Incent Align, an enterprise software company that enables large institutions to allocate resources more efficiently and effectively with a market-based approach.