Dorm room to startup success: How Dan Price built a profitable company before he was 30

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Gravity Payments founder Dan Price, winner of “Young Entrepreneur of the Year,” along with presenting sponsor Kabir Shahani of Appature.

GeekWire readers may already be familiar with Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price, who took home honors as “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in this year’s GeekWire Awards.

But what you may not know is that on the same night that Price won the award, he also keynoted the Small Business Administration’s regional awards banquet and also had time to score the winning goal in a late-night soccer match.

Wow. Talk about someone who is on the go.

That’s one of the tidbits to emerge from KING 5′s profile of the 29-year-old Price, who built Gravity Payments years into a 100-person company over the past 10 years. Located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, not far from the Seattle Pacific University campus where he started the company, Price notes that he hid his age until he was 23.

“Dan is the epitome of a great small business owner,” said Nancy Porzio, the SBA’s district director, in the KING 5 profile. “To have all of that at such a young age, Dan is number one in our books.” (The SBA named Price the National Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010, a honor which allowed him to meet President Obama).

Here’s the full piece from KING 5, which is a GeekWire media partner.

  • Guest

    Seattle Pacific University, not Seattle University.

    It’s in the first 30 sec of the video.

    • johnhcook

      That was my mistake. Thanks for letting me know. I fixed it above. I was thinking SPU, given the location to Ballard, just messed it up. Thanks again.