Daniel Ben-Horin created TechSoup (as “CompuMentor”) in 1987 by tapping volunteer resources on the WELL, one of the first online communities.
As CEO and then co-CEO until 2013, he helped guide TechSoup’s evolution from a small, local nonprofit to a globally respected entity with 200+ employees and a budget of US$33 million.
Currently, as founder and chief instigator, he fosters new opportunities for corporate, foundation, and nonprofit partners around the globe. He finds ways for them to optimize their social benefit impact by utilizing TechSoup’s channels, resources, and relationships. He speaks and writes frequently on issues related to the underserved’s access to technology.
In April 2009, he received the 2009 “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN). Presenting the award, Vince Stehle, director for the nonprofit sector program at the Surdna Foundation, said, “[This award is] given each year to a person who has pushed the nptech community forward. This push might be in the form of innovation, or thought leadership. In the case of Daniel Ben-Horin, the 2009 recipient and co-CEO of TechSoup Global, it’s both. Everyone who works in our field owes him a debt of gratitude for revolutionizing how we get and share software and information.”
In July of 2009, Ashoka named Daniel as one of its senior fellows. On four occasions, he has been named by The Nonprofit Times to its annual list of the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector.
His thoughts on technology, innovation, and social change appear on The Huffington Post and on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog.