Faces of Huddler: Dan Gill Friday 03 August, 2012
The long and short of Huddler’s fearless Co-Founder and CEO, Dan Gill.
There are a lot of things we like about coming to work at Huddler; great partners, insanely passionate users, and free lunch on Tuesdays spring to mind. That said, what really keeps us coming back for more are the people sitting right across the pod. Today, a brief intro to Dan Gill, our CEO, co-founder, and verified OG…
What do you do for Huddler?
I am a co-founder and CEO. I’m fortunate to bounce between all the various operational elements at Huddler – business development, partner success, building out our media business, marketing, finance, and anything that I can do to help out our team, partners, and advertisers.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. It’s a small enough place that my Mom, Dad, and both brothers were all born in the same hospital, and the same doctor delivered my Mom and all 3 of her sons. I grew up a bit of a nomad – Belleville; then Fairfield, CT; Springfield, Il; Richmond, VA; Fairfax, VA; then to Palo Alto, CA for college. Since college I’ve lived/worked in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. One of these days I’d love to move internationally.
What’s your favorite thing about being a Huddler
I love and am so proud of our team. To think that such brilliant, hard-working, passionate people signed on to our mission in founding Huddler and that they show up and hustle with me everyday is truly inspiring.
What’s your first online memory?
Getting our 2400 baud modem and logging on to the BBS’s to play an ASCII game called “The Pit.” I also vividly remember yelling at my mom to “hang up the phone!!!” when she’d pick up and interrupt our sweet dial-up.
How do you Huddle? What are your passions and hobbies outside of work?
I like to be pretty active outside of the office. I try to do Crossfit when I can. I’ve learned to LOVE skiing thanks to Joan Rostad from EpicSki. I like to surf with my father in-law when I can. And my wife and I are aspiring foodies – we’re always trying to find new spots in San Francisco.
What community do you wish was on the Huddler platform?
Tell us a success story you’ve shared with a site owner.
This incredible thread from NikeTalk was just shared with me by one of Huddler’s earliest team members Frank Farmer: http://niketalk.com/t/500011/i-owe-my-career-to-method-man-and-niketalk-true-story#post_16000336
“Method Man” is the owner/administrator behind Niketalk and the story is about him helping one of his power users edit his college essays and get in to his dream school. It reminds me the power of shared passions in our communities. Our sites aren’t social networks, but the bonds created by those with shared passions can be incredibly strong.
If you had 24 hours left in San Francisco, what would your itinerary be?
Breakfast at Maverick. 9 holes at Harding Park. Lunch from Ike’s sitting in Dolores Park. Play volleyball in Crissy Fields. Wander around the De Young, then pop over to Cal Academy of Sciences to soak in the planetarium one more time. Dinner at Spruce. Cocktails at Bourbon & Branch, then down to Beretta for more cocktails in the Mission to find some music and mischief to round out the night.