Daniel Docter

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Daniel Docter
Managing Director
There’s nothing more exciting than meeting super passionate founders building something from scratch. Even after more than a decade or two working away at this investing thing, I still love the conversations and am moved by founders’ persistence and dedication.”
Alumni Companies
Blue Data
Piston Cloud Computing

Daniel invests in big/fast data and data analytics, AI/ML, cloud management and orchestration, and silicon. His investment philosophy is anchored by “doing good deals with good people.” He works best with founders who appreciate collaborative, opinionated investors and are not looking for another layer of management.

To Daniel, the strength of DTC is that it’s a team that does its homework. The investors deeply understand the spaces they invest in, have conviction in their opinions, and do not shy away from healthy debate.

Prior to joining DTC, Daniel worked at Intel Capital leading investments in cloud, data center services, software-defined networking, and high-performance computing. Notable exits from this era include Switch, Inc (NYSE: SWCH), Virident (acq. by Western Digital), and Tier 3 (acq. by CenturyLink).

Before Intel, Daniel advised Merrill Lynch’s tech clients involved in IPOs and M&A transactions. He also spent over a decade at AT&T Bell Labs and Hughes Research Labs working on optical and RF communications applications.

Daniel holds a PhD from the University of Bradford (England) and a B.S. from the University of Minnesota, both in electrical engineering, has been published in more than 50 journals, and holds ten patents.

Fun Facts

Volunteers with: Elemental Music, a non-profit that provides music lessons and support to elementary school kids.

Favorite music: Anything EDM.

Best vacation ever: The Galapagos Islands! With Machu Picchu, Italy, and Cambodia not too far behind.

Eclectic hobbies: Composting and coaching youth sports.