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Startup Grind Ottawa Hosts Dan Beer, Director of Mergers & Acquisitions (IBM)


Dan Beer, Director of Mergers & Acquisitions, IBM

Dan is an entrepreneur and software industry executive with broad experience spanning venture startups to $100B establishments. Dan has held executive positions in Corporate Acquisitions, Business Partner and Alliances, Product Development, Consulting Services and Customer Support, at companies such as IBM, Cognos, BEA/WebGain and Oracle. 

Dan is currently the Executive leading the IBM Performance Management Division, a 500M+ software solution division, where he is responsible for managing and overseeing the direction, development, sales, marketing, service delivery and support of all on-premise and SaaS products, while ensuring the division achieves its financial and client objectives across all product lines. Formerly Dan led Mergers and Acquisitions for IBM Software Solutions Group, where he led the purchase and integration of over 14 companies per year, with investment in excess of $5B annually, and ranging in revenue size from $1M to $1B. 

He graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in engineering (minor in business) and began his career in tech leading services and support with Omnimark, a small company that grew in size from $1M to $20M before being acquired by Stilo. After moving briefly to Cognos, Dan co-started his own company, Insurance Engine, disrupting and adding transparency to the enterprise insurance industry. It was subsequently acquired by Highroads. Dan then joined another startup company called Webgain, which was acquired a few years later by Oracle. 


6:30 Networking and Food
7:30 Fireside Chat
8:30 Networking 

Hosted By Franco Varriano, Startup Grind Ottawa Director

Franco's been an entrepreneur since the age of 11. After working overseas during university, he returned to work in the NGO, public and private sectors building web and mobile programs. He's been actively involved in helping and organizing various Ottawa events to make the city a better place.  He's currently leading community and growth with, a startup seeking to change the way people produce and consume helpful content.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @francovarriano

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  • Tim

    To Dan,

    Great content and I have been following IBMs growth for a long time - glad you could make it.

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Basia V.

    Sadly, I now cannot attend. I look forward to the next event, however!

    April 30, 2014

    • Franco V.

      :( Hope to see you next time Basia!

      April 30, 2014

  • Tim

    I am looking forward to tonight.

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Sandeep G.

    Hi I was wondering what is the theme of this event. What can we expect from this event?

    April 20, 2014

    • Franco V.

      Hey Sandeep, Sorry for the late response. Startup Grind is a networking and fireside chat event, so basically it's like a mini conference. You get to meet cool entrepreneurs and the speaks will always leave you feeling energized and provide helpful insights into their area of expertise. Hope to see you at the next event!

      1 · April 26, 2014

  • Tim

    I look forward to meeting everyone on the day of the event.

    April 16, 2014

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