Danny Shader

Founder and CEO of PayNearMe

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Danny Shader founded PayNearMe and serves as CEO. Prior to PayNearMe, he was tapped to lead Good Technology, a struggling company that made MP3 players. He scrapped the hardware plan, built a corporate messaging service to run on devices competing with BlackBerry, and by 2004, had Good’s software running on Palm Treo, RIM’s main competitor. Three years later, Motorola bought Good for $500 million. Before Good Technology, Danny co-founded Accept.com, the first consumer-to-consumer payment services company, which he sold to Amazon in 1999 for $175 million. A University of California Berkeley engineering grad and Stanford University MBA, he learned the value of cold hard cash when it was the primary form of tips he received in his high school job delivering singing telegrams in full-body bear suit. Follow him on Twitter at @dshader.