Donald has a BA in Linguistics from UC Santa Cruz and MS in Information Systems from the University of Oulu. He wrote a natural language parser software and other commercial softwares leading to collaborations with Hewlett-Packard, Bell laboratories, AG communication, Sun Microsystems, and other well-known data centers. He started Web business in 1994 and from that moved into the general area of business. He joined angel groups and helped companies develop their business plans, pitching to investors. Donald is a member of the Venture Capital and Private Equity Roundtable, and has supervised over a thousand pitches. Donald contributes to a project at the Standford university called “the Silicon Valley Network Analysis project”, and has published several papers, book chapters and online articles. Currently, he is a visiting scholar in socialogy at Standford University, and is a keynote speaker on innovation, start-up financing in Silicon Valley and US, Finland, Austria, and teaches classes in the same topics at the University of Oulu, UC Santa Cruz Extension, UCB Extention, SJ State Professional Development, and at Standford University.