Daniel Joseph Pinna (born 1981)

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Daniel Joseph Pinna
1981 - living
updated March 12, 2020
Daniel Joseph Pinna was born on January 11, 1981 at Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose, California United States of America. He was born to Kathleen Rae (Kroetch) Pinna and Leonard Michael Pinna, and we currently have no other siblings in his family tree. He was baptized at St. Frances Cabrini Parish, San Jose, California. Daniel married Lisa Kinslow on June 14, 2014.

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 solely by my mother Kathy Pinna with the help of my grandmother Joyce Vandever (Marian Joyce Benning). 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) while attending high school and each weekend answering the phones (aka switchboard) for the Jesuit Priests on a work scholarship program. I continued to work at SCVA 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 married Lisa Michelle Kinslow on June 14th, 2014, 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.

Daniel Joseph Pinna Biography

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Daniel Joseph Pinna

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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

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 Lived

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 on Carm Ave in Los Gatos. Afterwards, mom and I lived at 4472 Waimea Ct. in San Jose, CA until I moved out 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 3170 Rubino Dr. in San Jose at what was then called "Archstone Willowglen". I absolutely loved that apartment. It had a balcony that overlooked the pool on the 2nd floor. Funny enough, so many years later, my cousin lives 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 Woodland Creeks Condominiums located on W. Bayshore. My condo was on West Bayshore and my office at the time 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.

In April 2009 I moved back to San Jose and purchased my first home from Summerhill developers at the Redwood Collection at Parkwood located on Hendy Ln. It was rather funny because this house is on the same street where I was born, less than 2 miles from where I lived on Carm Ave, and only 8 minutes to where I lived with my mother at Waimea.

I lived there until April 2016 when my wife and I bought another home in Willow Glen where we currently live.


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.


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

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Willow Glen, in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California United States


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.


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 on here right now. However, to put it bluntly, AncientFaces has transformed, struggled, adapted, morphed and then evolved numerous times. It has kept pace with me and allowed me a venue to immediately apply all of my life & business lessons each and every step of the way.

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 prime. 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 & coFounder Kathy Pinna, a quality living while working on a product that we believe the world deserves. It's been one heck of an adventure and I'm enjoying every moment of it.

In the last decade of full time with AncientFaces I have continued my pattern of concurrently running numerous businesses. Including my current role at Voice2Biz where I work with Tim Kinslow and Mario Jimenez developing technology that powers unique voice first applications across numerous industries.

When asked what I do for a living I say: "I connect the dots & help make things happen". More often than not I help things grow, but sometimes things need to 'die' to create opportunities. So I keep it with 'help make things happen'. I currently tell folks I have three primary businesses: AncientFaces, Voice2Biz and Personal Finances. Personal Finances should be run like a business. It never ceases to amaze me that people will work 70% of their life to earn dollars, and then put zero thought into managing those dollars.I know to achieve your goals it takes two things: Applying Common Sense & Action.

Personal Life & Organizations

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.

At lot has changed in the 20 years we've been in business. AncientFaces exists today so that history will no longer be forgotten. For the first time in recorded history, instant communication provides collaboration among millions of people spread out across the world. What were once unique photographs are digitized and are shared online. Individual recollections of people and places once verbally communicated during family gatherings are now typed and searchable. AncientFaces is the platform to show these memories and tell the story of the people and places from our past. Through collaboratively built & maintained bios we paint accurate portraits of our loved ones and the people before us.

I'm cut for time right now. But I'll update here with the story later on.

Daniel Joseph Pinna Family Tree

Daniel's immediate relatives including parents, siblings, partnerships and children in the Pinna family tree.


Daniel's Parents

Daniel Joseph Pinna


Kathleen Rae (Kroetch) Pinna
Born: 1949
Campbell, CA, United States
Leonard Michael Pinna
Born: May 27, 1951

Daniel Joseph Pinna & Lisa Michelle (Kinslow) Pinna

June 14, 2014



Pam (Kroetch) Marks
Born: January 1951
San Jose, California, United States
Kathleen Rae (Kroetch) Pinna
Born: 1949
Campbell, CA, United States
Michelle A Cassidy
Born: Aug 12
San Jose, CA, United States
Gracia Clarissa Lionardi
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Gracia Clarissa Lionardi
Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

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Jan 09 · Reply
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.
Nov 13, 2019 · Reply
Daniel is fun to work with!
Oct 25, 2019 · Reply
Oh, that means a lot coming from you Grace! :) We've done some amazing things together so far haven't we?
Oct 29, 2019 · Reply
He is a pretty good business partner!
May 24, 2015 · Reply

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In 1981, in the year that Daniel Joseph 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 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 1995, on May 19th, the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil - before 9/11 - took place in Oklahoma City. A truck bomb went off outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown - killing 68 people, injuring more than 680 others, and destroying one-third of the building. The most disturbing images were of children - a daycare center was hit by the bomb. The deadliest incident of domestic terrorism ever, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Michael Fortier were convicted of the bombing.

In 1996, on April 3rd, Theodore Kaczynski (nicknamed the Unabomber) was arrested. His mailed or hand-delivered bombs, sent between 1978 and 1995, killed three people and injured 23 others. Diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without the possibility of parole.

In 1998, on December 19th, the House of Representatives initiated impeachment charges against U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was subsequently acquitted of these charges by the Senate on February 12th.

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Albert Pinna
Aug 27, 1898 - April 1974
Rome, New York
Darlene A Pinna
Nov 15, 1938 - Dec 20, 2000
Jacksonville, FL
Henry Pinna
Apr 16, 1900 - February 1976
Chicago, Illinois
Caterina Pinna
Aug 21, 1900 - June 1973
Chicago, Illinois
Michael Pinna
Nov 25, 1912 - Mar 23, 2003
Indianapolis, IN
Josephine Pinna
Feb 13, 1916 - January 1984
Chicago, Illinois
Joseph Pinna
Jun 15, 1897 - February 1980
Peter Pinna
Jan 16, 1902 - December 1971
Chicago, Illinois
Lillian G Pinna
Dec 4, 1914 - Jan 14, 2003
Indianapolis, IN
Roy Pinna
Sep 25, 1911 - Jan 18, 1999
Sun City, AZ
William Joseph Pinna
Aug 4, 1951 - Apr 17, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada
Adelle Pinna
Jun 13, 1899 - May 1998
Chicago, IL
Anthony Pinna
Feb 21, 1903 - December 1972
Rose M Pinna
Feb 10, 1910 - Mar 24, 1998
Chicago, IL
James Pinna
Feb 13 - June 1945
Gavino Pinna
Apr 29, 1896 - August 1973
Warren, Michigan
Raymond J Pinna
Jan 20, 1932 - Feb 20, 1989
Mesa, AZ
Clara Pinna
Feb 19, 1896 - Feb 17, 2001
Eastpointe, MI
Maryann Pinna
Jun 24, 1930 - May 1984
Gail Pinna
Oct 21, 1940 - May 27, 2010
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