Dan Lynch


Dan Lynch, 72, is a private investor and retired bum. He is a co-founder of CyberCash, Inc.. He also founded Interop which highlights the technology of the Internet. As a member of ACM and ISOC, Lynch is active in computer networking with a primary focus in promoting the unfettered spread of the Internet. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the multidisciplinary think tank Santa Fe Institute.

He has two active investments these days. The first one is a service for businesses to archive Web content, Iterasi. . The second is Sound Pharmaceuticals, a company dedicated to preventing and restoring hearing loss.

He was Director of Computing Facilities at SRI International in the mid to late 70's. He formerly served as manager of the computing laboratory for the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI, which conducts research in robotics, vision, speech understanding, automatic theorem proving and distributed databases. While at SRI he performed initial development of the TCP/IP protocols in conjunction with Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN).

As Director of Information Processing Division for the Information Sciences Institute in Marina del Rey (USC-ISI) Lynch led the Arpanet team that made the transition from the original NCP protocols to the current TCP/IP based protocols. He directed this effort from 1980 until 1983. It was the last corporate job he ever had.  Things were happening out in the world and he wanted to be in that new game.  A few “educational” stumbles occurred before he started Interop in 1986.

Lynch received undergraduate training in mathematics and philosophy from Loyola Marymount University and obtained a Master's Degree in mathematics from UCLA .

Dan now lives full time in St. Helena, California where he is enjoying the life of a retired bum.  He is really waiting until Spring is upon us in the Napa Valley.   Vegetable gardening is for feeding the body  and tenderly tending the cacti is his meditation.  He devotes much of his time serving on boards of non profits such as Clinic Ole, Wolfe Center and CorStone.


Welcome to my life

Dan as a young lad fondling a cactus in the back yard in Upland.