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Daniel J Pinna (born 1981)

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Daniel Joseph Pinna
1981 - living
Born
January 11, 1981
Good Samaritan Hospital 2425 Samaritan Dr, in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California United States of America 95124
Other Names
Daniel, DJP, Bean
Last Known Residence
Willow Glen in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California United States 95125
Summary
Daniel J Pinna was born on January 11, 1981 at Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose, California United States of America. He is the child of Kathleen Rae (Kroetch) Pinna and Leonard Michael Pinna. He was baptized at St. Frances Cabrini Parish, San Jose, California United States. According to his family tree, he married Lisa Michelle (Kinslow) Pinna on June 14, 2014 at Carmel Mission Basilica Museum, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California United States.
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Introduction
I was born in San Jose, California and have lived in the Silicon Valley Bay Area my entire life. In fact, I'm 3rd generation San Jose which is a rarity these days. I was raised by my mother Kathleen Rae (Kroetch) Pinna with the help of my grandmother Joyce Vandever (Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch). I spent my early years in the Cambrian area of San Jose, a few years in Palo Alto, and own homes in Cambrian and Willow Glen California. I attended St. Francis Cabrini k-8th grade, Bellarmine College Preparatory and Santa Clara University. My passion has been business since an early age. I worked at the Santa Clara Valley Contractors Association (SCVCA) for my mentor Larry Gates while attending high school and each weekend answered the phones (aka switchboard) for the Jesuit Priests on a work scholarship program. I continued to work at SCVCA while attending college where I began the Santa Clara Entrepreneur Organization (SCEO), was active in the Student Senate and Off Campus Student Association, and in my sophomore year began the first version of AncientFaces. Post graduation I went on to manage a sub-contracting kitchen & bath remodeling company for three years, then worked as VP of Business Development at an eDiscovery company in Palo Alto from 2006 until the end of 2010. In early 2011, I began working full time on AncientFaces and have been at it ever since. I am humbled that I get to help build the application and community that makes AncientFaces. I married Lisa Michelle Kinslow on June 14th, 2014 in Pebble Beach, and currently reside in Willow Glen California approximately 4 miles away from where both sets of my grandparents used to live around the 1950's.
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Daniel J Pinna
Most commonly known as
Daniel Joseph Pinna
Full name
Daniel, DJP, Bean
Other names or aliases
Willow Glen in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California United States 95125
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Daniel Pinna was born on at Good Samaritan Hospital 2425 Samaritan Dr, in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California United States of America 95124
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Ethnicity & Lineage

I'm Caucasian or what I call a fairly standard 'white European mix'. On my father's side he is 100% Italian/Sicilian, and on my mother's side is a combination of Scottish, Welsh & German. My 23andMe genetics report says that I'm 36% Italian (primarily Sicilian), 19% British & Irish, 16% German & French.

Nationality & Locations

I'm 3rd generation San Jose area. I was born at Good Samaritan hospital in Cambrian San Jose and spent the first 5-6 years of my life living with my mother in Los Gatos. Afterwards, we moved to San Jose where I spent most of my childhood until I found my own place after college in 2003. I lived in my first apartment in Los Gatos for a grand total of 3 months and discovered that living in 'newer' construction places was important to me. I then spent from 2003-2007 at an apartment I really enjoyed. It had a balcony that overlooked the pool on the 2nd floor. Funny enough, so many years later, my cousin lived just a couple apartments over on the same floor. I then moved to Palo Alto to be near to my office at the time and lived in a condo near W. Bayshore while my office was on East Bayshore. It made for a very nice commute and favorable conditions since my business at the time was 24x7 and had three shifts. I also really enjoyed my time downtown. In April 2009 I moved back to San Jose and purchased my first home. It was rather funny because this house is on the same street where I was born, less than 2 miles from where I lived in Los Gatos, and only 8 minutes from where I spent most of my childhood. I lived there until April 2016 when my wife and I moved to Willow Glen.
Childhood

Education

I attended St. Francis Cabrini on Woodard Rd in San Jose (Cambrian) from kindergarten through 8th grade. Our class had maybe 50 kids split between two 'home rooms' and we all built a very strong bond during those years. After SFC I attended Bellarmine College Prep. where I learned the importance of 'learning to learn', applying critical thinking and a die-hard work ethic. After Bellarmine I attended Santa Clara University where I studied Business Management & Analysis with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. I worked with President Fr. Locatelli & Dean Posner to grandfather in an Entrepreneurship minor at Santa Clara University which became available in the later 2000's.

Religion

I was raised Roman Catholic having attended mass each Sunday and a monthly mass while at St. Francis Cabrini. I was exposed to various religious and spiritual belief systems and spent the last 8 years of my education in Jesuit institutions. I believe strongly in identifying, understanding & applying universal truths and systems that are commonly found in all religions and spiritual practices.

Baptism

at St. Frances Cabrini Parish 15333 Woodard Rd, in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California United States 95124
Adulthood

Professions

Small business owner in various industries. Founder & CEO of AncientFaces llc., President at Voice2Biz Inc. I began working at a young age. My first 'side hustle' (as is a popular term today) was when I was 6-8 years old I grew lavender. Really my grandmother did - I appreciated an extra pair of hands at an early age ;). We then dried it and packaged it in tidy little packages and I went door to door selling in her retirement community at Cal Hawaiian mobile home park. I was fortunate enough to have a mentor at an early age, and after I returned from the U.K. in the summer of my 8th grade, right before high school, my mentor Larry Gates would pick me up from my house or my high school and drive me to his office where I would log 3-4 hours and then return me back home. He lived not far from where I lived and had known me during carpool days to St. Francis Cabrini from 6th through 8th grade. Working with Larry at the Santa Clara Valley Contractors Association I was introduced to an office job where I first began to explore various business principles - working efficiently, getting elevation to see if there were better processes that could be adopted, servicing and influencing clients and numerous 3rd parties, and etc. The primary function of SCVCA was to negotiate fair wages with the local unions (shout out to Plumbers & Steamfitters 393) and plumbing contractors. Larry also had various other roles which is where I learned the ability to multi-task on numerous businesses at the same time. I worked at SCVCA from the summer before freshman year at Bellarmine College Preparatory through my senior year at Santa Clara University. I would go to class, often arrange my class schedule around work, and then work as close to an 8 hour shift that I could. In addition, while at Bellarmine I answered the 'switchboard', or the phones, for the Jesuits and Bellarmine business offices every weekend Saturday and Sunday in the early mornings so that I could have the rest of my days. The moment I turned 16 I bought my first car and with my own means of transportation I began my first business - Classic Gardening Services (CGS) - which lasted probably 1.5-2 years. This time I returned to Cal Hawaiian as a landscaper servicing the mobile homes in this community and the surrounding areas. I thought I was very clever: 1.) doing a 'feel good' business helping older individuals, 2.) keeping my costs low by utilizing electrical power tools (outlets are readily available on the outside of mobile homes) and all while 3.) going to a college prep school while working 30-35 hours a week at SCVCA. It was with CGS where I learned a number of other business principles - including don't hire your best friends ;) While at Santa Clara University, while working at SCVCA, I got heavily involved with various organizations. I started the Santa Clara Entrepreneurship Organization (SCEO) in 2000 which is still going strong as of 2019, was a student Senator a number of years in charge of budgeting funds to all the student organizations, speaker at numerous...numerous...events, and etc. It was in 2000 while at SCU that I began AncientFaces. After a failed attempt with a few acquaintances at starting a human curated platform to search the internet (this was before Google) I had developer and graphic artist resources and just needed an idea. The initial concept of AncientFaces was the brainchild of my Aunt (I call Ant) Pam Marks who was and is a die-hard genealogist. Her idea was to add photos to family trees by allowing distant relatives to scan and add these unique one of a kind treasures online. AncientFaces has been with me now for more than half of my life. At the time of writing this (12/19) we are about to celebrate 20 years in business while I am 38. I am very grateful to AncientFaces for more reasons than I can list. AncientFaces has grown with me throughout my life and given me a passion I believe in. Immediately after college, while all my friends accepted jobs at Google I continued my small business path by going into business for myself (yet again) as an adviser to two businesses: Ray Sarto's WildCard - a custom fabricated hot rod shop, and my father's business Classic Tile Signatures, a 3-4 tile crew, slab shop subcontracting business that focused on high end bathroom & kitchen remodels. I remained in this role for just over 3 years, the latter 2 focused purely on running CTS. I needed a life change and for the first time searched for a job. Through the SCU connections I had, I found a copy & light e-discovery vendor in Palo Alto named Copydox. I started there on 6/6/6 (no joke) and during my time in Palo Alto I started as a sales rep, became the top producing salesman (representing 80%+ of revenue), grew a sales team, completely re-created billing protocols and line items and then became the VP of Business Development where I led the renaming, rebranding, and creation of additional service offerings to BlackStone Discovery. In December of 2010 I decided to go full time on AncientFaces. I knew I would get married soon and that with the additional responsibility my time to 'risk it all' was now or never. Of course, I had just bought my first house a number of months earlier so it was a real gamble. Since December 2010 AncientFaces has grown significantly. It has provided a handful of folks, including my mother & Founder Kathy Pinna, one heck of an adventure and I'm enjoying every moment of it. When asked what I do for a living I say: I connect the dots & help make things happen by applying common sense and following through with immediate action.

Personal Life

Santa Clara University Entrepreneur Organization, Santa Clara University Student Senate, Santa Clara University Off Campus Student Association, 32nd degree Scottish Rite, Freemasons and Ferrari Club of America

Military Service

I never joined the military and are the first male on my mother's side in many generations to not join the Navy. It wasn't exactly a popular option in San Jose during the 1990s/early 2000s.

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Founder & CEO, AncientFaces

I began AncientFaces in 2000 while a sophomore in college while Santa Clara University in Santa Clara California. The original AncientFaces was a genealogy photo sharing site - the 1st of it's kind dedicated to sharing old family photos. A number of months were spent developing AncientFaces before the original launch of the website. We mapped out & designed the website, built the code and scanned then uploaded hundreds of our own family photos to 'seed' the database. I recall vividly when we launched and knew we'd be around a while when new photos were added by our first few visitors. In 2000 it wasn't a simple process to preserve old photos. The only way to digitize them were to physically scan them in. After a few months we even did some give-aways of scanners to some of our early members. As of September 2020 marks officially 20 years of AncientFaces. Over the last twenty years AncientFaces has grown from a few hundred old photos to over 1 million containing 200 million biographies maintained by a community of 285k+ members. This initial concept has grown into a cause shared by many; we firmly believe that everyone deserves to be remembered. AncientFaces has become a place to share the stories about who our loved ones really were through biographies. Bios include all of the basic details (birth/death location & dates and family trees), but also include photos, memories & stories that have been passed down. When we create these profiles of our loved ones we give them an online footprint which we all have for ourselves today. Other people add their stories, recollections and photos, and through our collaborative efforts we work together to paint a portrait of the people that matter most.
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Married: June 14, 2014
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Married at: Carmel Mission Basilica Museum 3080 Rio Rd Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey County, CA, 93923 United States
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Filipe Medeiros commented on May 24, 2015
He is a pretty good business partner!
Gracia Lionardi commented on Oct 25, 2019
Daniel is fun to work with!
Daniel Pinna commented on Oct 29, 2019
Oh, that means a lot coming from you Grace! :) We've done some amazing things together so far haven't we?
Daniel Pinna commented on Nov 13, 2019
11/10 - 11/11/19 was a great new experience for me. I was in Bakersfield at a recording studio called River Theatre at 1213 North Chester Ave in Oildale (Bakersfield) CA working on a new company with new business partners. The River Theatre opened in September 1939 and then closed around 1964/1965. It became a recording studio for Buck Owens from 1968 until 1992 when a number of artists like Johnny Cash recorded. It then became an independent recording studio from 1992 until it closed in April 2008. Since that time a new friend of mine has utilized the location for him and his band. It was my 1st time to Bakersfield and one of my longer drives. I've only driven once longer than that and that was the time my father and I drove from San Jose to Los Angeles over to Phoenix Arizona to visit my grandmother in Sun City.
Gracia Lionardi commented on Jan 09, 2020
Hey there! Kudos for the upgrade today!
Gracia Lionardi commented on Nov 24, 2020
We learned a lot as the site grows, don't we?

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1981 World Events

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In 1981, in the year that Daniel J Pinna was born, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

In 1990, after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the leader of the movement to end South African apartheid was released on February 11th 1990.

In 1992, in April, Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia. The newly created Bosnian Serb army then began a campaign against Muslim Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats - killing, raping, torturing, beating and robbing - and resulting in the deaths of over 100,000.

In 1994, on May 6th, former political prisoner, lawyer, and activist Nelson Mandela was elected the first black President of South Africa. He was 75 when he was elected and he served one five-year term.

In 1997, on August 31st, Princess Diana of Great Britain was killed when her car crashed into a pillar in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma bridge in Paris. The car she was riding in was trying to evade the paparazzi but it was also discovered later that the driver of the car, who was also killed, had three times the legal limit of alcohol which likely contributed to the accident.

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