Daniel J. W. Neal
Mr. Neal is the Chairman, CEO & Founder of Kajeet, Inc. a privately held, mission-driven company he conceived in 1996. Mr. Neal has raised over $120 million of institutional venture capital for the company, which is debt- and preference-free and profitable. Originally launched as a mobile operator providing the first cell phone for children with parental controls, the company today operates three lines of business at the dynamic intersection of cloud software and wireless networking technologies. Kajeet (www.kajeet.net), serving over 850 school districts and libraries across the U.S., delivers managed wireless solutions that close the Digital Divide by enabling underserved students to access the Internet at home and on school buses so they can do their homework. Arterra Mobility (www.arterra.com) provides sophisticated multi-network wireless OSS/BSS and enablement solutions, principally for Fortune 500 customers in the cable industry. Otarris (www.orarris.com) offers multi-network managed Internet-of-things (IoT) solutions to enterprises large and small in the Transportation, Facilities, Healthcare, Government and Public Safety sectors. Mr. Neal is an inventor on 31 U.S. patents in the fields of wireless technology and software.
Before launching Kajeet in 2003, Mr. Neal served as CEO & Vice Chairman of VCampus Corporation (Nasdaq: VCMP), which pioneered the delivery of software-as-a-service (SaaS) e-learning applications for students and employees of both public and private sector enterprises.
Prior to VCampus, Mr. Neal was part of the team that built USinternetworking (Nasdaq: USIX), where he conceived, launched, and led the company’s AppHost™ Division, one of the first businesses in the world to provide a SaaS-enablement platform for Independent Software Vendors. US internetworking had a successful IPO and secondary offering, and was subsequently acquired by AT&T.
Mr. Neal previously forged international commercial relationships with telecommunications carriers in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East for the delivery of advanced communications and pioneering Internet technologies and services at Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) and Global One Communications, Sprint’s joint venture with France Télécom (NYSE: ORAN) and Deutsche Telekom (FWB: DTE).
Before entering the technology sector, Mr. Neal had a highly successful career in real estate finance and public sector real estate development. Having begun his career as an originator, analyst and syndicator of residential mortgage financing, at an OCC-chartered national bank, Mr. Neal pivoted his career into public service. For a municipality in Maryland, Mr. Neal directed and managed all activities relating to community and economic development, housing rehabilitation, municipal land use planning and development, and infrastructure development.
As a result of his success in Maryland, Mr. Neal was recruited by the Public Buildings Service of the GSA to lead a large team of real estate facilities planners responsible for the analysis and programming of an 80 million square foot portfolio of owned and leased real estate in the national capital region. Mr Neal also worked at a senior level in the Office of the Vice President to effect management improvements in Federal real estate financing, development and portfolio management.
Mr. Neal has raised over $150 million of investment capital and has been deeply involved in the creation, launch, growth and sale of technology and other start-up and early-stage companies, where he has frequently served as an investor and/or advisor. He is active in a wide range of business, investment and technology circles, including Mindshare and the Wharton Club of DC.
Mr. Neal holds an AB in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has also studied at the University of Rochester and the University at Albany, SUNY.