Daniel’s first professional experience was as the entire sales, marketing and distribution department for an internet start-up in New York City in 1995.  There were only three initial employees stuffed into a one-bedroom apartment on the upper east side of Manhattan.  Daniel created all the marketing materials, ran the trade shows and acquired all leads which he then went about turning into paying customers.  At the end of each day everyone would work together to burn the disks and stuff them into boxes before dropping them off at the post office each night.  It was a great way to start a career.  Daniel experienced every aspect of the business and directly owned all the results of his work.  If his marketing failed he couldn’t close the sale.  It was that simple.

Years later Daniel was recruited to join Hewlett Packard to help them start their own software organization and bring that “garage start-up” attitude into the company.  In this new environment he learned a great deal about how to be successful in a large, global, process driven organization.  Daniel  loved his time at HP and grew both personally and professional.  But he also missed the risk and rewards of his early start-up days.

So in 2002, after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, he founded  an online adventure travel company called Kilimanjaro AdventuresKilimanjaro Adventures.  He taught himself web development and built the company website from scratch.  He created all the sales and marketing materials, spoke at local outdoor events and cemented partnerships to grow the business.  While selling adventures to climb Kilimanjaro or take a wildlife safari in Tanzania Daniel was learning firsthand about online sales, blogging and social media outreach years before many large companies even tested such marketing techniques.

Today Kilimanjaro Adventures has become a further test in community building.  The company no longer sell trips but has recently been relaunched as a community for climbers to inspire each other and inform others about outfitters and some of the other challenges of trying to reach the roof of Africa.

  • Daniel Dorr – Author, Speaker, Professional

“As anyone who’s hired a corporate speaker before knows, stories inspire. . . slides don’t. Dan Dorr has an inspiring story!” -Paul, P&G