Dean Gardner

Executive Chairman, Co-founder, SmartEar

Mr. Gardner has over 20 years of investing in and building technology companies as a founder, CEO and venture
capitalist. Mr. Gardner is a Partner at Crossover Capital where he invests in and advises technology companies with a
focus on cross-border capital and expansion. Crossover was the first investor in SmartEar. Mr. Gardner was a Venture
Partner with, a late stage investment firm with a track record of investing in companies such as Facebook,
Twitter, LinkedIn, Palantir and Alibaba. Mr. Gardner was also the Founder and CEO of Digital Ventures (DV) for 10 years.
DV was one of the first venture capital firms to focus exclusively on the Internet and grew to over 75 executives in the
United States, Hong Kong and London. Mr. Gardner was a founder and early investor in over 30 companies in the USA
and Asia such as DV Asia,, iCloud, Fusion Storm, Playsite, Virtual Vegas and eFounders. Mr. Gardner was
also the Chairman of IP Global Voice that was successfully sold to a public company. Prior to starting Digital Ventures,
Mr. Gardner was a co-founder at eFinance that was sold to Identrus, a CSFB company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gardner
was a Director of Business Development at Montgomery Asset Management. Mr. Gardner is active in various non-profit
and government initiatives leveraging his finance and technology background and has been a speaker on various
venture capital and Internet panels.