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Biography of Dan Case

Daniel H Case, III
Daniel H. Case III
July 27, 2022 -
June 26, 2022

Daniel H. Case, III, was one of the world's leading investment bankers and a driving force in the world of venture capital - investing in and supporting cutting edge businesses that helped change the face of the high tech sector worldwide.

Dan served as Chairman of the Board of JPMorgan H&Q; (formerly Hambrecht & Quist), a legendary investment banking firm that specialized in the financing of entrepreneurial companies whose clients included Apple Computer, Genentech, Adobe Software, and Netscape.

A member of the firm since 1979, Dan was named co-CEO in 1992 and CEO in 1994. He added the role of Chairman in 1998. Dan had earlier served in a variety of senior roles within the firm, including Partner, Venture Capital; co-head of Mergers & Acquisitions; head of Investment Banking; and Executive Vice President.

Dan was "discovered" by William Hambrecht, H & Q's co-founder, when he asked his friends on the Princeton University faculty to recommend the "smartest student" they had for a summer internship at his firm. By the end of the summer, Hambrecht was convinced that Dan would someday run the firm, and he persuaded him to return when he completed his studies.

In addition to his extensive responsibilities at J.P. Morgan H & Q, Dan was a member of the Boards of Directors of AMB Property Corporation, Bay Area Council, Electronic Arts, and the National Science and Technology Medal Foundation. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Technology Network and the Nominating Committee of the New York Stock Exchange.

Dan received numerous honors in his years in banking. He was named one of Silicon Valley's "25 Power Brokers" by Business Week, one of the "Top 50 Innovators in Technology" by Time Magazine, one of "100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum, and one of Wall Street's powerful "Out-of-Towner" players by Worth Magazine. He was also named to the "Global Finance 600" and was runner-up for The Industry Standard's "21 Most Influential People in the Internet Economy" and for The Wall Street Transcript's Securities Industry "CEO of the Year". He was a former Vice Chairman of the Securities Industry Association.

With a passionate interest in helping society at every level, he was a significant benefactor for a variety of Bay Area not-for-profit organizations, including the San Francisco Exploratorium, the San Francisco Ballet, and the United Way.

In the last year of his life, Dan Case devoted his energies and passion to accelerating a cure for brain cancer through the establishment of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), a nonprofit organization he founded in May 2001 together with Steve Case, of AOL Time Warner, the Case Foundation and leading scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. To date, ABC2 has awarded multiple grants to world-renowned brain cancer researchers and created novel partnerships and collaborations with academic centers and corporations.

The mission of ABC2 is to accelerate a cure for brain cancer by increasing the number of potential therapies discovered and moving them rapidly into the clinic for patients. ABC2 has pioneered a series of unique systems designed to provide researchers from all backgrounds with the support they need to make critical breakthroughs. The Foundation is based on the idea that the same entrepreneurial model which has made so many technological innovations possible could also help develop promising therapies for brain cancer - and, one day, help to find a cure.

A native of Hawaii, Dan held a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton and studied management at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He is survived by his wife, Stacey, his four children, Alexander, Winston, John Daniel and Charlotte, his parents, Dan and Carol, his sister Carin, and his brothers Steve and Jeff.

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