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Dan Abelon

Greater New York City Area

Grew startup to 23 Million users and sold to Public company. I offer actionable feedback on growth hacking, user engagement, viral marketing, Facebook, mobile, SaaS monetization and more. I've advised 100+ startups including those backed by investors such as Accel, Bessemer, and Y Combinator. Grow your userbase without paying for it

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On-demand, expert advice.

Areas of Expertise

  • Growth hacking

    Grew last company to 23M users using a variety of techniques

    • Marketing and Sales
    • Growth
  • Fundraising

    Raised $10M+ for last startup

    • Finance
    • Other
    • fundraising

My Interests

Health Sectors
Digital Health, Health IT


  • President & Founder | February 2007 - June 2012

    Co-founded SpeedDate, one of the top ten online/mobile dating services in terms of userbase and revenue. Scaled company from idea to 20M+ members, 40+ employees. Managed product, marketing, monetization, business development and operations. Raised multiple rounds of financing from angels and Silicon Valley venture capital firm Menlo Ventures. SpeedDate differentiates itself by focusing on real-time matching on the web, Facebook, iPhone and Android.

  • Investment Analyst

    International Finance Corporation | July 2006 - September 2006

    Analyzed potential targets for IFC/World Bank investment in the Philippines’ IT-enabled Services sector

  • Summer Associate, Tech M&A

    Lazard | June 2006 - July 2006

    Provided strategic and financial analysis to technology companies, including advising a client on the sale of a $100M joint venture

  • Strategy and Operational Consultant

    IBM Strategy and Change | September 2002 - May 2005

    Consultant on international and domestic business strategy projects for clients in a range of industries including IT, hardware, software, and cleantech. Responsibilities included using consulting methodologies to collect and analyze data, and presenting recommendations to clients.

  • Sales Strategy | December 2000 - Current 2000

  • Manager

    Columbia Student Enterprises Incubator | December 1998 - May 2002

    Incubator that provides funding and mentorship for young entrepreneurs.


  • Stanford University Graduate School of Business

    MBA | Management | 2005 - 2007

  • Columbia University in the City of New York

    BA | Econ-Philosophy | 1998 - 2002