Dan Dal Degan

About Dan Dal Degan

As a Venture Partner at R7 Partners, a Chicago-based early stage venture capital firm, Dan helps fund, inspire and enable ambitious innovators.Dan serves as on the boards of SpringCM, the leading contracts lifecycle management and enterprise content management platform company and SalesHood, the leading sales enablement platform company.As President of Ensighten, a digital marketing software company, Dan grew revenues by 4X in two years.For over 11 years, Dan built and led Salesforce sales teams in the central US and nationwide. After joining Salesforce.com in 2002 when they had fewer than 150 employees and less than $50M in annual revenue, Dan helped fuel Salesforce.com’s growth to over 12,000 employees, over $4B in annual revenue, and 150,000+ customers. As a member of the founding management team of Synchrony (sold in 2001 to Divine), Dan was the EVP of Worldwide Sales and Services. Dan’s sales career has also included successful leadership roles at Siebel Systems, Sybase, and Oracle -- all during their IPO and expansion phases.After earning his bachelor’s degree in General Engineering/Computer Science from the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dan earned a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.At the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul Univ., Dan is a frequent guest lecturer. Dan is also an Executive Mentor at the Junto Institute and 1871, the startup accelerator in the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.His civic roles include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chancellor’s Alumni Committee on Corporate Partnerships), the Institute for Career Advancement Needs and the Cara Program fighting homelessness and poverty in Chicago. Dan, his wife, and their five children live in St. Charles, IL.

Sincere Sellers Don’t Take Themselves Too Seriously

By | 2017-05-29T21:48:03+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Categories: Sales Values, Storytelling|

Ron Burgundy was blending two delicious ingredients in the comic main course defining the characters Will Ferrell portrays in many of his films – arrogance and ignorance.  This works very well for entertainment value in movies like Anchorman, Blades of Glory, and Talladega Nights.  But arrogance and ignorance don’t play well for sellers or