Dan Zitting


Nitrogen CEO Dan Zitting is a SaaS entrepreneur & operator, with a passion for software that enables a bold vision, especially one as bold as empowering the world to invest fearlessly. Prior to Nitrogen, Dan spent 13 years in enterprise SaaS for governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC). That journey started with founding Workpapers.com, the first true cloud software for audit & compliance management, which was acquired by Galvanize (then ACL) in late 2011. Then leading Galvanize, Dan oversaw growth into the industry-recognized leader globally in GRC as recognized by analysts, investors, and (most importantly) customers alike. Galvanize was ultimately acquired by Diligent in a $1B transaction that created by far the world’s largest company in GRC software, a $650m+ revenue SaaS business serving 25,000 customers in 130+ countries. Dan’s lessons along the way have been published in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Business Week, Reuters, The Street, CNBC, etc. as well as from the stage at hundreds of professional speaking events.

Dan graduated with a BSBA in Information Systems and Finance from Colorado State University and received a Master of Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. Dan believes his purpose is to challenge the planet’s organizations to maximize impact by operating with a conscience, and he’s found cloud software to be his best contribution to that personal mission.

Favorite Nitrogen Value

Really hard for me as I do completely resonate with all four. That said, while I think customer driven is the single most important to our business, authentic transparency  is the most important to who I am as a person… which ultimately comes first I suppose.

Most People Don’t Know

Well I’ve already shared my favorite which is that I paid my way through college by selling “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” action figures on eBay. I suppose that a fresh one might be that I have known my wife since high school, and back then she was completely out of my league. She was class president while I was getting yelled at because my parents were getting calls that I was involved in unseemly activities out in the alley behind school. Good news though, ran into her like 100 miles away and 10 years later when I had a little more to offer and we’ve been together ever since!