Canadian Entrepreneur. Founder of Clarity - Angel Investor (18 tech startups). Co-Founder of Flowtown (Acquired 11'), Founder of Spheric Technologies (Acquired 08'), Mentor @ 500Startup, GrowLabs & theC100.org
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I've been starting companies for the past 10+ years. I've built 5 companies; 2 were complete failures, and the past 2 successes - with Clarity being my fifth and current startup. Via Clarity and various incubators, I've advised over 1,000+ startups regarding growth hacking, product marketing and fundraising. I'm also ridiculously passionate about helping others succeed in business.
I've been applying the Lean Startup methodology and Customer Development practices to my startups for the past 4 years - essentially since I first heard Eric Ries give his talk at the Web 2.0 conference in 08'. I'm a guest lecturer in Steve Blanks class at Berkeley, and a mentor to his Stanford Lean LaunchPad class. I've also had the pleasure of giving talks around the world on Lean Product Development and Customer Development.
Dan Martel is one of very few individuals I can honestly say shares my drive for success. Fear of failure is not issue with Dan - he sets his goals high and never looks back. If you are ever lucky enough to meet Dan, savor the moment, you may have just spent a few minutes one of Canada’s best business minds!Ken LeBlanc Source: LinkedIn
Dan is one of the most motivated and driven people I have ever met. He's at his best when helping others reach their goals. Dan has played a big role in NB in helping to motivate entrepreneurs involved in the web/IT industry. Having worked with Dan with Third Tuesday NB, I'm sorry to see him leave New Brunswick. Knowledgeable, driven and successful, Dan will go far.Lisa Rousseau Source: LinkedIn
Dan was a go-to guy when it came to anything portal related. He was knowledgable and quick to offer help when needed.private private Source: LinkedIn
Dan is a true visionary. His work ethics and interpersonal skills make him a great team player in business. He is very goal orientated, and has a great sense of direction. Furthermore, Dan is hearty in his approbation and lavish in his praise; which makes him a great leader whose primary concern is the holistic success of the company.Travis Lomness Source: LinkedIn
My call with Dan Martell was exellent! In no time at all Dan provided me with insight into the development process and monetization for my product that would have taken months of trial and error to obtain. His insight has been incredibly valuable, and I can't recommend it enough! Thanks again Dan.Mike Roy Source: Clarity
I had 5 targeted questions for Dan and he was able to provide me with direct feedback that was concise and easy to understand. He gave me honest answers, one of which I disagreed with. 1 month later, I found out for myself I should have listened to his advice. I thank you Dan for taking the time to listen to a guy starting up a business in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Your mentorship and guidance has been awesome. If you need startup advice - call Dan!Kevin Kindrachuk Source: Clarity
There's a reason that Dan is considered one of the top Angel's in Canada. His passion for entrepreneurship is more then matched by is passion for entrepreneurs. and Dan's thoughtful, clear and knowledgeable input is always shared through his personal successes and failures.
Dan seems to care more about helping startups be successful then being elevated as a success story himself.Christian MacLean Source: Clarity
My call with Dan was exactly what I needed - clear, no B.S. answers to my questions, with no candy coating. He was up front and honest about his thoughts and was down to earth and unpretentious. And where Dan saw issues, he would offer solutions - problems and solutions I couldn't have foreseen. Thanks Dan!Paul Marek Source: Clarity
Dan was very helpful when we discussed the upcoming Lean Startup Machine in Chicago, Illinois. He gave me some very helpful advice about getting OUT of the building, which I ended up doing. While our team didn't place, we did secure the Hacker award. Thanks for your help, Dan!David Martin Source: Clarity
Dan was calling a plane and was in a high energy mode. He gave me an outside perspective of what he thought I needed. Unfortunately, my problem definition skills were a bit challenged this day and I don't believe I was able to convey the true challenges. I appreciated the effort. The good news is I like the product and will be joining Clarity. After some practice with it, I will revisit (room laughs) with Dan again.Michael White Source: Clarity
The conversation truly provided a lot of clarity!
Dan was the first investor that we met who knew our space incredibly well. He was quick, and got down to the important metrics right away. Overall, he helped us prioritize our focus in the upcoming iterations.
I am a frugal man, and he was worth every penny!
I would highly recommend him to any other serious entrepreneur out there.Aditya Sharma Source: Clarity
If you're not talking with Dan, you are missing out. Dan's guidance is exactly what i needed. His non bs and straight forward approach along with his experience, gave me the insight to further better my company. I can't begin to put a value on the call with Dan; and truthfully, i think i got the better end of the deal. Thank you Dan for taking the time.Michael Velasquez Source: Clarity
Just talked with Dan for an hour. I'd recommend finding a time to do this if you have a company. On this particular call he helped us find a more efficient focus for our time, improved our goal setting structure and gave us a good framework for a more profitable customer acquisition strategy.Paul DeJoe Source: Clarity
Dan was super clear and focused. His answers are straight to the point and so insightful that he left me craving for more. $300 an hour is super cheap for the advice I was able to get to advance my personal agenda. He is also open enough to recommend some other advisers who can help as well. For that, I truly thank Dan. I will be calling on him many more times in the near future. Keep up the good work and I love your service. :)Jin Koh Source: Clarity
Dan was immensely helpful. Call him and book a meeting.
I was looking for advice on a subscription commerce business, without Dan's help, my excitement would have made me overlook the business model. All because I was focused on getting a "good" deal.
Dan has a great background with subscription commerce which is why talking to him was important. He educated me on important metrics and scale, and we realized even best case, the numbers don't work.
Thanks again for the insight!Mike Calvey Source: Clarity
Dan shares valuable, applicable advice in true no BS fashion. He genuinely want to understand how he can help, and then gets to work drawing from his own experience to do so. He asked great questions, that helped get the core of our business, and then offered helpful perspective. An entrepreneur at heart, Dan's clearly driven to help other's succeed, and I'd highly recommend asking him for help in guiding your next move.Jonathan Cordeau Source: Clarity