Dan Kurani

Dan Kurani

Digital Strategy + Product Development

Greater New York City Area

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Dan Kurani's Overview

  • Principal at Zinnia

500+ connections

Dan Kurani's Summary

15+ years in digital strategy and product development.

Strengths: strategy, building from concept to product-market fit, assembling and motivating teams, digital media modeling, market positioning, branding, analysis, and user experience.

Dan Kurani's Experience

Chief Digital Officer

Ypulse, Inc.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

June 2013August 2014 (1 year 3 months) New York

Leading Millennial insight firm that acquired Thumb in 2013. Helped mesh the massive data generated by the Thumb community and leading insights from the Ypulse team into a cohesive SaaS dashboard that grew syndicated revenues by 300%.

Founder and CEO


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Internet industry

May 2010June 2013 (3 years 2 months) New York

Launched and built Thumb into the leader in the mobile opinion space. Thumb had millions of downloads, raised $6MM in venture capital, generated over 3 billion opinions, yielded the highest monthly usage time on mobile next to Facebook, and was featured by CNN, TechCrunch, Ad Age, etc.

*Thumb was acquired by Ypulse in 2013.

Founder and CEO

Kurani Interactive

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

December 2000September 2010 (9 years 10 months) Red Bank, NJ

Built a Top 100 and award-winning interactive agency that delivered digital strategy and product development for companies that included Nike, Universal, and a number of successful digital startups.



January 1995November 2000 (5 years 11 months) Boston, MA

Relaunched a mixed group of retail stores into consolidated brand with a redesigned footprint, consistency, and an infrastructure for growth. Helped grow Zinnia into a multi-channel retailer with 250+ employees and an industry-leading net profit per square foot.

Dan Kurani's Skills & Expertise

  1. Start-ups
  2. User Experience
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. Digital Media
  5. Web Analytics
  6. Product Development
  7. Strategy
  8. Mobile Applications
  9. Digital Strategy
  10. Mobile Devices
  11. Creative Direction
  12. Analytics
  13. Advertising
  14. New Business Development
  15. Online Marketing

Dan Kurani's Additional Information


strategy, creativity, user experience design, technology, entrepreneurialism, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, fishing and ping pong

Groups and Associations:

Surfrider Foundation

Honors and Awards:

- Multiple awards for strategy, user experience and creativity including a Webby, Davey and a mobile FWA
- Thumb has received multiple accolades that include best social app, Top 7 apps by CNN, etc.
- Mentor at the DreamIt NYC startup program
- Multiple speaking engagements, books & published articles in places that include Forbes, TechCrunch, etc.

Dan Kurani's Education

Seton Hall University



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