Dan Armstrong

Dan Armstrong

COO, Aspire Ventures

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Area
Information Technology and Services

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Dan Armstrong's Overview

  • Non-Executive Director at mBank Philippines
  • Managing Consultant at Takashi
  • Consultant - Distribution, Channels & Technology at Rabo Development / Rabobank International Advisory Services
  • Consultant - Mobile Payments & Applications at Rabobank
  • CTO, Co-Founder at Rabo Mobiel BV
  • Managing Consultant at Takashi
  • CTO, Co-Founder at Veronica Mobile
  • Director, Internet Development at Telfort BV
  • Manager, Major Accounts at BitWrench Incorporated
  • Senior Producer, MCI Telecommunications Team at Proxicom
  • Marketing Manager, Exhibit/Museum Designer at Ordway-Kousoulas Architects
  • Writer, Junior Account Executive at Washington World Group Ltd.
  • Writer, Researcher at National Committee on Public Employee Pension Systems

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Dan Armstrong's Experience

Chief Operating Officer

Aspire Ventures

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

March 2014Present (8 months) Lancaster, Pennsylvania Area

Aspire is a new venture and fund headquartered in Central Pennsylvania focused on the synergies between mobile, cloud and machine learning technologies - within the context of positive impact investing. Responsibilities as COO are business execution and growth, product and operations development across all Aspire portfolio companies.

Non-Executive Director

mBank Philippines

August 2011July 2014 (3 years) Manila, The Philippines

Served on the board of this innovative new branchless commercial bank, representing FMO and Finnfund, along with shareholders and partners PlaNet Finance Group and PLDT-SMART Foundation.

Managing Consultant


Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Telecommunications industry

April 2009March 2014 (5 years) Amsterdam Area, Netherlands

Strategy consulting, line management, product development/management, feasibility and business planning projects – focusing on banking, financial inclusion, telecoms, fintech investments, and the overlap in these industries. Projects in 30+ countries, including work for banks and financial services providers, mobile operators, IT companies, venture capital and broadcast/print media companies.

Consultant - Distribution, Channels & Technology

Rabo Development / Rabobank International Advisory Services

April 2009September 2013 (4 years 6 months) Utrecht Area, Netherlands

Projects in retail banking distribution/technology, access to finance strategy, mobile banking, channel development, branch networks, correspondent/agency banking, ATMs, POS, cards, competitive analysis, agri-finance, payments, security, partnerships, IT automation and organizational growth management. Work in 20 countries, including leading banks in Rwanda, Tanzania, India, Zambia, Mozambique, Indonesia, Paraguay, China, Botswana, Cameroon, Brazil, Ethiopia, Poland and The Philippines.

Consultant - Mobile Payments & Applications


Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Banking industry

November 2009November 2011 (2 years 1 month) Utrecht Area, Netherlands

Feasibility, technical and business models for a national, 3 bank/3 mobile operator contactless (NFC) mobile payment consortium, and establishing a “Trusted Service Manager” (TSM) for payment apps.

CTO, Co-Founder

Rabo Mobiel BV

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Telecommunications industry

August 2005April 2009 (3 years 9 months) Amsterdam, Netherlands

Member of the management team of the successful mobile service provider start-up for Rabobank. Departments and areas of responsibility included mobile subscriptions/customers/handsets (postpaid and prepaid), telecommunications services, product and service development/management, SLAs, mobile operator management, mobile banking and payments, apps, security, and Rabobank “SMS Betalen”. Budget owner for mobile services innovation and founder of the first Dutch NFC payments consortium between the retailers, mobile network operators, public transportation and banks (2007). Oversight of 16 NFC trials for payments, loyalty, ticketing, couponing and access control, and served as co-chair of the Rabobank steering committee on payments innovation.

Managing Consultant


Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Telecommunications industry

April 2001August 2005 (4 years 5 months) Amsterdam Area, Netherlands

The first 5 years of consulting projects as “Takashi” focused on mobile service providers and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), mobile operators, technology companies, ISPs and broadcasters with mobile aspirations. Clients included: ONE GmbH (now Orange Austria), Irdeto, MobilTel EAD, Virgin Group / Virgin Mobile, Talkline Nederland, mmO2, XS4ALL, Sony NetServices, SK Telecom, CMG, Swisscom, easyGroup, Rabobank International.

CTO, Co-Founder

Veronica Mobile

August 2000April 2001 (9 months) Amsterdam, Netherlands

Co-led a small team in forming a mobile service provider for broadcaster "Veronica" (assets in tv, radio, print, online). Responsible for business, personnel and operations planning, marketing, negotiations with mobile operators, networks, IT architecture and vendor selection.

Director, Internet Development

Telfort BV

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Telecommunications industry

August 1997August 2000 (3 years 1 month) Amsterdam, Netherlands

Responsible for mobile and fixed-line carrier Telfort's internet/web strategy, websites/intranets, e-business programs and management of small web development teams. Worked on British Telecom Global Web Hosting, payphones, and mobile products like SMS, OTA and mobile supply-chain applications, unified messaging, and Telfort's 3G license bid and business plan.

Manager, Major Accounts

BitWrench Incorporated

Partnership; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

April 1997August 1997 (5 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Online projects for clients including MCI Global Engineering, AES Energy, EESI, NIH, World Airways.

Senior Producer, MCI Telecommunications Team


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

March 1995April 1997 (2 years 2 months) Pentagon City, Virginia

Web, internet business re-engineering and e-commerce projects, and primary responsibility for telecoms, insurance and manufacturing business lines. Team Leader for delivery of MCI intranets, Netscape merchant services, and the first websites for customers like PepsiCo, Traveler's Group, Aetna, Kemper National Insurance, Georgia-Pacific, SAAB, VISA, Office Max Online, and marketplaceMCI - the world's first e-commerce portal with 30+ "stores".

Marketing Manager, Exhibit/Museum Designer

Ordway-Kousoulas Architects

February 1993March 1995 (2 years 2 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Projects and marketing for this small architecture/exhibit firm, including The White House Visitor Center, Acadia National Park, Fire Island National Seashore, Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Writer, Junior Account Executive

Washington World Group Ltd.

January 1992February 1993 (1 year 2 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Public relations, policy analysis and lobbying responsibilities as well as US representation for Malta, El Salvador, and Mauritania.

Writer, Researcher

National Committee on Public Employee Pension Systems

September 1990January 1992 (1 year 5 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Articles/policy features, special assistant to former US Congressman Hastings Keith (R-Mass).

Dan Armstrong's Skills & Expertise

  1. GSM
  2. NFC
  3. Strategy
  4. Mobile Communications
  5. Mobile Payments
  6. Product Management
  7. Telecommunications
  8. Mobile Commerce
  9. MVNO
  10. Mobile Banking
  11. Retail Banking
  12. Cards
  13. Feasibility Studies
  14. Product Development
  15. Regulatory Policy
  16. Strategic Negotiations
  17. Strategic Alliances
  18. Branchless Banking
  19. Banking
  20. Management
  21. Project Management
  22. Electronic Payments
  23. E-commerce
  24. Business Development
  25. Management Consulting
  26. Business Planning
  27. Start-ups
  28. Business Modeling
  29. Payments
  30. Competitive Analysis
  31. IT Strategy
  32. Strategic Partnerships
  33. Financial Services
  34. Program Management
  35. Venture Capital
  36. Mobile Strategy
  37. Mobile Applications
  38. Business Strategy
  39. Business Analysis
  40. Executive Management

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Dan Armstrong's Education

American University

B.A., Philosophy


Stanford University

Graduate Certificate, Strategic Decision & Risk Management, Stanford Center for Professional Development

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