Welcome Dan Pugh, our new Chief Operating Officer, to the 40billion.com team

We’d like to welcome Daniel Pugh, our new COO, to the team!

Dan is a business executive and corporate attorney with more than 16 years of experience leading and advising technology-driven companies and counseling business leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and venture capital investors. He particularly enjoys working with startups and early-stage ventures and has assisted these companies in all aspects of business including founding, organization, operations, early funding, venture and mezzanine investments, IPOs, public and private M&A transactions, intellectual property development and licensing, joint ventures, corporate governance, and many other areas. Most recently, Dan served as a strategic and project management consultant to the hedge fund Silver Point Capital, as business and legal consultant to Arbitron Inc. (NYSE:ARB) and Micro Focus (US), Inc., and as strategy and transactions advisor to numerous private companies and entrepreneurs.

In the role of company legal advisor, Dan has been General Counsel of Synthetic Genomics, Inc., a biotechnology startup focusing on synthetic biology and biofuels research and development, Vice President and Deputy Chief Counsel-Corporate of Prism Communication Services, Inc., a broadband telecommunications venture, and Senior Attorney with Arbitron Inc., the media audience and consumer research company. Dan started his career as an Associate in the Corporate Department of the law firm Piper & Marbury L.L.P. (now DLA Piper) representing entrepreneurs and venture capital funds and specializing in venture capital financing, M&A transactions, securities law, and technology licensing. He later was Of Counsel to the firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, working with similar clients and transactions.

Dan holds a BS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law (where he served as Executive Editor of the Maryland Law Review), and an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business.