Dan Becker


In his role at Impact Venture Capital, Dan focuses on strategy, early stage media investments, and corporate consulting. His extensive experience with corporate venture and innovation programs provides Impact perspective to its platform of corporate venture services.

In addition to Impact, Dan is Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Gracenote, and its parent Tribune Media. He works on capital expenditure projects, acquisitions, and investments in the entertainment data and technologies markets. He enjoys Impact Venture Capital for its grounded leadership on entrepreneurship and innovation, and the people that comprise our team and innovators we serve.

Dan was previously with Samsung Electronics. He started at headquarters in South Korea as a member of the strategy planning team, and helped establish its corporate development group. He transferred to the Bay area as Director to kick start investments with the new Open Innovation Fund and run strategy and corporate development for the new Media Solution Center.

Earlier he was a management consultant with Accenture’s Media and Entertainment practice. He provided strategy and operations execution on pioneering new media projects for industry clients, including: Discovery, Disney, WebMD, Cable Labs, Verizon, Telstra, and The Travel Channel.

Dan’s entrepreneurial roots include Founder of AdTag Airport Media, Northwind Services, and Santiago Almada –an agri-business cooperative while serving in the Peace Corps.

Currently, he serves as Board Director to Watchwith and Advisor to MOVL (acquired by Samsung). A member of the Society of Kauffman Fellows- Class 16, Dan acquired his MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University with majors in Private Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Media Management. His BA is from Marquette University with majors in Anthropology & Economics.

Dan is an amateur sailor at the Olympic Circle Sailing Club. He holds BBC and Spinnaker skipper certifications, and the credentials for wanna-be race crew on the J/105 class. He also enjoys extended treks into the wilderness –an active alumnus of Outward Bound, and travel –off the beaten path preferred.