Dan Kimerling started Deciens because of the realization that there was (and, other than Deciens, is) no Venture fund focused on supporting fintech companies at the seed stage. Having helped to start three companies and invested in over forty, he thought that this was a major problem for founders trying to re-shape a sector that is over 20% of global GDP.
As Founder and Managing Partner at Deciens Capital, Dan is responsible for all aspect of the firm, including raising capital, sourcing and executing investments, and collaborating with portfolio companies. As part of this, he is on the board of several portfolio companies. The firm build’s on his successful angel track record, including Tala, Truelink Financial, Starcity, SimpleLegal (acquired by Onit), and Fuze Network (Acquired by Ingo Money).
Until September 2017, Dan was a senior executive at Silicon Valley Bank responsible for API Banking, Open Platform, and Global Research and Development. He joined Silicon Valley Bank in July of 2015 through the acquisition of Standard Treasury, which he co-founded and served as the CEO. Standard Treasury - a YCombinator company - was the leading provider of API solutions to the financial services community and was named one of the 10 technology companies to watch by The American Banker in 2014. Because of his work on bringing cutting edge technology to banks, Dan was named to the 2015 Forbes' 30 under 30 list.
Before starting Standard Treasury, Dan was the first employee and Chief Operating Officer of Giftly, a stored value technology company acquired by GiftCards.com in May 2013. While leading the company, Business Insider named Giftly one of "The 20 Best Start of 2011" and Dan one of the "25 Hot Young Stars In Silicon Valley". Giftly's mobile app was also named by "Best of the App Store" by Apple in 2012. Before Giftly, Dan was a journalist and analyst at TechCrunch, the leading technology website on the Internet until its acquisition by AOL in 2010. He also helped to run their well-regarded conference business for two years. Earlier in his career he was an award winning policy scholar, being named the Anne Armstrong Leadership Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a Jeff Metcalf Fellow at the Hudson Institute. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA and MA (both with honors) and studied mathematical (analytic) finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of business for a year as a Booth Scholar.
Outside of his work at Deciens Capital he is also the Co-Founder and a Principal at Gutenberg Capital, a Real Estate investment company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He lives with his wife and their dogs in San Francisco CA and Santa Fe NM.