Dennis Clerke, managing director and co-founder of DaggerBoard Advisors, has played a key role in numerous early-stage Southern California software companies. He served for three years as the CEO of Alignent Software, a venture-backed provider of collaborative business-strategy and product-planning software that was acquired by Minneapolois, MN-based Sopheon in 2007. He was a co-founder and CEO of Cardiff Software, a market-leading provider of business process management and content capture software. Cardiff was acquired in 2004 by Verity and is now part of Autonomy, the software giant based in Cambridge, England. At DaggerBoard, Clerke consults with a wide array of emerging software companies, helping them launch, optimize, or accelerate their operations. He also is an investor and advisor to several software companies including MadCap Software, Mochila, EcoLayers, Dasko, Pandimo. Clerke also is active with Connect, the San Diego Software Industry Council, and the University of San Diego entrepreneurial business program. He received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Boston University.
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