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Dennis is a native Californian, and attended the University of California at Los Angeles where he majored in Economics. He left UCLA in his third year, impatient to begin a career.

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NEW ARTICLE: Private company profiles: One size does not fit all.

Private companies – this is such a broad category! When looking at their origin, their growth process, and their hoped-for ‘end-game’, there are actually many varieties just like flowers. There are many different looks, different sizes, different shapes, and certainly different smells……

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David304x425Dennis Jay Cagan is a recognized authority in the high-technology industry and in small private company governance. He is a respected CEO, entrepreneur, professional board member, venture investor, mentor, consultant, and Shadow CEO™. Dennis’ career spans 46 years of founding and leading a wide variety of information technology, software, services and Internet firms. Dennis has been on almost 50 corporate boards – and is currently authoring a series of articles on the dynamics of the private and early-stage company Boards of Directors. He has done business in dozens of countries and has an impressive track record of both start-up and turn-around situations. Dennis has founded over a dozen enterprises, and has participated in taking several public.

Dennis has served as an interim CEO for many years. In 2011 he served as President, CEO and Managing Member of NL Systems (dba Encryptics); in 2009-2010 as President and CEO of SureBooks; in 2006-2008 as Chairman, CEO and President of TWL Corporation (OTC), and from 2000 to present as founder, Chairman and CEO of the Santa Barbara Technology Group, LLC, a private incubator and venture investment firm.

Between 1983-1999 Dennis provided consulting services to numerous technology companies including AT&T, IBM, General Electric, and Xerox, as well as dozens of smaller firms.

In 1979 Dennis had the honor of being a Keynote Speaker at the first COMDEX Show in Las Vegas. In 2011 he was inducted into the IT Hall of Fame – Channel Wing, administered by CompTIA (as part of the team. In 2013 The Dallas Business Journal and NACD honored Dennis as one of 12 Outstanding Directors in North Texas. He has authored numerous articles, three of which have recently been featured in Directors&Boards Magazine.Dennis Cagan

Since 1983 Mr. Cagan has served as a Shadow CEO™ (Dennis has a trademark on the term – 2012) or interim C-level executive – frequently for companies where he was already a member of the Board.

Dennis is a native Californian, and attended the University of California at Los Angeles where he majored in Economics. He left UCLA in his third year, impatient to begin a career. He then served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He received an honorable discharge from the USMC. Dennis currently serves on three corporate Boards: Copper Mobile, Acorn Technologies, and Truston. He is active in his church, and lives with his wife Angelia, their youngest daughter, one Golden Retriever and two cats in Carrollton, TX.