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Title: Director Information Innovation Office
Fields of operation: Digital, Technology
Dan Kaufman is director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O), the office charged with the agency’s software innovations, particularly in cybersecurity and big data analytics. He created the office in August 2010 and is responsible for identifying and creating promising new information technologies and developing DARPA programs to exploit these advances for the benefit of national security. Dan is building on the legacy of predecessor offices at DARPA, which developed innovative technology such as the Arpanet (now the internet) and Personalized Assistant that Learns (now known as Siri on the Apple iPhone). Prior to DARPA, Dan was co-COO at Dreamworks Interactive. He also worked for Kalisto Entertainment on general business operations and producing/designing games such as Dark Earth, Nightmare Creatures, and Ultim@te Race. Dan is a San Francisco native with a programming background and a law degree and served as an attorney with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison (Palo Alto), conducting high-tech transactions ranging from semiconductor chips to biotechnology to software companies. Photo © by Asa Mathat from Recode2