“Being in a start-up is a total emotional rollercoaster. Some days you wake up and are on top of the world. You pass a huge milestone and think, how could anything be better than this?”
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“The next day, you get a call from a potential investor who passes on the deal. Then you’re scrambling for money and eating ramen noodles for 10 straight days because there’s no money. The reason I worked at several start-ups is the adrenaline rush. There is the promise that you will have a huge impact and at the same time make a lot of money. To be successful, entrepreneurs must have an irrational belief that what they are doing is going to change the world. You have to have a ton of energy and not need much sleep. Money helps. But more important is finding someone to watch your back.”

Dan Scholnick, General Partner

Dan joined Trinity Ventures in 2007 and brings significant entrepreneurial and product development experience to the firm.  Prior to Trinity, Dan was the second employee at Wily Technology, a pioneer in the application performance management market. At Wily, Dan helped build the first version of the company’s application performance management product and held a number of key roles before its acquisition by CA (NASDAQ: CA).  Dan founded Flurry, the leading user analytics and advertising platform for mobile applications.  He started his investment career at SVB Capital, where he invested in leading companies such as Xoom (Nasdaq:XOOM) and Gerson Lehrman Group.  Dan graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Computer Science and has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

In his spare time, Dan is an avid foodie and a veritable walking Zagat guide to San Francisco (ask him for restaurant recommendations).  Dan is an investor in and adviser to J&D’s Foods, the makers of Bacon Salt and Baconnaise, and is the co-founder of Schmendricks, which makes Brooklyn style bagels in San Francisco.

Cloud Computing, Consumerization of IT, Mobile, Enterprise and Infrastructure Software

M.B.A., Harvard Business School
A.B., Computer Science, Dartmouth College

Active investments
Aryaka Networks
Blue Stripe Software
Docker (DotCloud)
New Relic

Past Investments:


“The Massive Opportunities in Cloud” via VentureBeat

Dan Scholnick interview with Matt from Venturebeat on Vimeo.