Red Bear Angels Team Member

Dan Sommer



A successful entrepreneur, business operator and digital media expert, Dan has consistently grown companies and business units from start up to $50M in revenue throughout his career. Dan serves as Zeta Interactive’s President of Global Education, leading the company’s growth and expansion within the education sector.  Dan has worked with dozens of for profit, non profit and global Universities including Cornell and The University of Phoenix with efforts ranging from student acquisition marketing, to online and global expansion. Prior to Zeta, Dan served as CEO and Chairman of Study Interactive, an Innovative International ‘School as a Service’ provider that partners with International Universities to bring their programs online and to students in over 150 countries.  Dan has a passion for innovation and  new media having served as an executive and limited partner at Zustek Corporation one of the earliest and highly regarded email service providers (Acquired by Zeta Interactive). In 2007 Dan founded Caridan Marketing Labs, a cutting edge social media marketing company (one of the first to be given access to Facebook’s Ads API) which was acquired in 2010 by XL Marketing.  Earlier in his career, Dan worked at top digital agencies including Digitas and Sapient where he helped companies including American Express, Time Inc., Merrill Lynch, and Hallmark, launch and develop their multi media online marketing programs. Dan’s passion for practical education led him to envision and drive the creation of Student Agencies eLab, an accelerator serving high potential Cornell University entrepreneurs. Dan serves as a Trustee of Student Agencies Foundation, and a board member of eLab and Student Agencies Inc., a non-profit dedicated to teaching students how to start and run businesses.  Dan is also an advisor and investor in early stage startups, primarily focused in the education and media sectors. Dan received his B.S. from Cornell University and M.S. from NYU.