Dan Deeney

“I came away with the whole picture: a better understanding of how technology issues impact business and how to manage technology in terms of long-term strategy. I probably wouldn’t be where I am today without EMTM.”


Dan Deeney, MBA, CPA, EMTM’02
Partner
New Venture Partners
Murray Hill, New Jersey

Dan Deeney, MBA, CPA, EMTM’02

Daniel started his career with a solid educational background in corporate finance. After managing the financial analysis department for a telecommunications company, he oversaw mergers and acquisitions for a consumer products company. At the time, he felt he needed to have a better grasp on the technology issues facing companies, including adopting new technologies for competitive advantage and automation for cost efficiency. “I didn’t want a computer science degree, but I wanted to work with technology — and in order to do that I needed to understand it.” While enrolled in the EMTM program, he joined Lucent’s New Ventures Group, an internal corporate venture capital group. Today, Daniel is partner in the Lucent independent spin-off company, New Venture Partners, where he manages a $700 million investment fund for technology and telecommunications companies.

Why EMTM?

Daniel already had an MBA, so when it came time to research graduate programs, he was looking for something with a technology spin. EMTM’s wide range of courses in diverse technology areas differentiated it from other programs. “What was nice about EMTM was that I could take a number of courses in engineering, telecommunications and microelectronics, and broaden my experience and knowledge in those areas to make better management decisions.” After examining the curriculum, he felt EMTM would best prepare him for what he saw as a growing convergence of technology and finance across industries.

Career Impact

Daniel believes that his EMTM degree paved the way for his initial entry in Lucent’s New Venture Group. “Though I had strong backgrounds in both technology and finance, EMTM helped me position myself for the job. Once I was hired I was able to apply my EMTM knowledge and build credibility.”

Classes focusing on venture capital and the management of intellectual property were direct preparation for negotiating and structuring deals, making solid investment decisions and thinking about intellectual property as a strategy for competitive advantage.

As a venture capitalist, Daniel sees business plans from a broad array of entrepreneurs working in different product and service areas, and he finds that EMTM’s technology electives in telecommunications, microelectronics and software development have served him well. “I can always draw upon my EMTM coursework to ask the right questions.”

Daniel stays in touch with program professors and continues to consult with them on various projects. At the same time, his network of fellow students has helped him make informed investment decisions. He recommends the program highly to others. “I came away with the whole picture: a better understanding of how technology issues impact business and how to manage technology in terms of long-term strategy. I probably wouldn’t be where I am today without EMTM.”