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Mr. Dan Ciporin

Management
InvestmentsITHealthcareTechEcommercestartupsStrategyBusiness DevelopmentEntrepreneurshipVenture CapitalBusiness StrategySaaSCorporate DevelopmentStrategic PartnershipsProduct ManagementMobile DevicesPrivate EquityMergers

General Partner, Canaan Partners

Greater New York City AreaInternet
Current
  • Board of Directors @ JOOR
  • Board of Directors @ OpenSky
  • Board of Directors @ borro
  • Board of Directors @ ShopKeep POS
  • Board of Directors @ Lending Club
  • Board of Directors @ Orchard Platform
  • Board of Directors @ CircleUp
  • Board Of Directors @ Commercial Bellhops
  • General Partner @ Canaan Partners

Summary

Canaan Partners is a leading venture capital firm with 27 years of history and over $3.6 billion under management. We focus on early and mid-stage investments in leading technology and healthcare companies. We have offices in Menlo Park CA, New York NY, and Westport CT as well as affiliated offices in Israel and India.

Prior to my time in venture, I was the CEO of venture backed ecommerce company Shopping.com leading it from zero to $130mm in revenues in 6 years, culminating in an IPO in 2004 and the subsequent sale to Ebay in 2005. At that time I moved into venture investing where 3 of my investments (Borderfree, Adap.tv and Lending Club) have had IPOs or strategic exits of over $500mm each. I sit on a number of other boards outlined below that I fully expect to have the same outcome.

My focus is primarily on fin tech and ecommerce, although marketplaces in general are a source of great fascination and investment interest for me.

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Albert Simpson

Quiv: "Dan, you started shopping.com almost 20 years ago. How different/easier/more difficult is to launch an e-commerce today?"

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Dan Ciporin

Answer: "Hi Albert,
Probably one of the biggest differences is in the role SEM arbitration plays. Back in 2004 when Shopping.com went public, we had a proprietary marketing engine that was able to accurately determine contribution margin of literally tens of millions of keywords, and bid accordingly. That advantage is long gone as SEM has become a skill that is relatively commoditized, at least as far as price arbitration is concerned. The bet we would have had to make and discussed extensively before the sale to Ebay would have been a branding bet, as DR become much less effective at scale. You see this play out in online branded plays like Warby Parker, where organic traffic (and omnichannel) is integral to their success. Hope that helps!
Dan"

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Albert Simpson

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