Dan Levin is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focuses on coaching, mentoring and teaching our CEO’s and leadership teams.
Many of our CEO’s are scientists and engineers who have amazing energy and a brilliant vision for their company, but may not have been a CEO before nor have had the benefit of much leadership training. Dan helps with particular issues or problems that might crop up, and also provides training and mentorship to help our CEO’s become the strong and capable leaders that their rapidly growing companies require.
Dan grew up in small companies – during the first fifteen years of his career the largest company that he joined had sixty employees. He founded a couple of them, including one venture backed startup that grew to about fifty employees before being sold. Then Dan joined Intuit, the makers of Quickbooks and TurboTax, where among other roles he led the entire Small Business Division – a group of about 1,700 people generating $650MM or so in revenue.
In 2009, Dan joined Box as an advisor and mentor to super-star CEO Aaron Levie, and in 2010 he joined full time as Aaron’s COO. During Dan’s seven year tenure, Box grew from $10MM to $500MM in revenue, and from 50 to 1,800 Boxers.
Dan has a passion for mentoring and leadership development – he loves nothing more than sharing his lessons learned in 30 years in tech with other executives, in the hopes that they will not repeat his mistakes!
Dan is a pilot, and loves to cook. He lives in the house he grew up in in Portola Valley with his wife and dog. He earned his undergrad degree at Princeton in something close to CS, and he is a member of the Advisory Council to the Department of Computer Science there.