Dan Blake is a Founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Resonant Capital Advisors. His background in communications, technology, early-stage company management and alternative investments adds depth and breadth to the Resonant team.
His professional experience includes directing and structuring fundraising offerings, leading several multi-million dollar equity transactions and guiding board-level operational management post-investment. Prior to Resonant, Dan was a founding partner of a digital healthcare-focused venture capital fund. Dan also served as a director of the Wisconsin Technology Council, where he facilitated angel and other early-stage investment activity in Wisconsin.
Dan worked in journalism in the early part of his career, spending a number of years as a reporter and digital producer at the Chicago Tribune, covering politics, crime and courts in an always busy news town. He has been a guest lecturer for several college courses in the areas of communications, journalism and entrepreneurship. Dan stays busy raising his two young sons in Fitchburg.
Comes from somewhere else: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Neighborhood odds and ends. A first lesson in the markets, as my neighbor paid really well, putting pressure on my own parents to increase their compensation for lawn-mowing and shoveling. They had other leverage so it didn’t work.
Dogs. There was a brief period in college where I didn’t own one, but otherwise I’ve always had a friendly companion. Hillsboro is my 100-pound golden retriever/co-traveler.
There is little I love more than casting a fly on a western river.
Iowa football; Badger basketball. This gets complicated, but I’ve always been consistent. And earned my stripes from my many in-person games, including Final Fours and Bowl games for both programs.
We have a cabin in northern Wisconsin, there are few places that beat sitting around a campfire with my two sons making s’mores.
I’m the dad of two young sons, so their hobbies are fast becoming mine. I’m trying to keep up and re-learn some that I’ve forgotten.