Steven Dengler

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Steven Dengler
Steven Dengler, San Francisco, 2009.jpg
Steven Dengler in San Francisco in 2009
Born 1968
Ottawa, Canada
Nationality Canadian and Italian (dual citizen)
Occupation entrepreneur and investor

Steven Dengler is a Canadian entrepreneur, businessperson, and investor. He is best known for co-founding the currency site Inc. in 1993, and currently serves as its CEO.

Early life and education[edit]

Dengler is an alumnus of The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.[1] Prior to that, he attended high school at St. Andrew's College in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. [2]


Upon graduation from university in 1993, Dengler founded a company with long-time friend Beric Farmer, whom he met in 1983 while attending high school at St. Andrew's College.[2]

The company they founded, originally called Xenon Laboratories, changed its name to Inc. in 2001.[3] went on to become the world's favorite currency information site,[4] ranked by Alexa as the 256th most popular site in the world on August 2, 2011.[5] The company was named a Greater Toronto Area Top Employer for 2011 by The Globe and Mail,[6] which featured Dengler and in a related article about small companies whose perks and benefits rival those found in larger companies.[7]

In February 2010, Dengler co-founded and financed Wifarer Inc. with Philip Stanger. Dengler currently serves as a Director of the company.[8] Wifarer won the VIATeC "Innovative Excellence" award in June 2010.[9]

In early 2011, Dengler co-founded and financed MegaCynics Inc. (formerly 7 Hats Publishing Inc.) with his sister, Ash Vickers. On April 1, 2011, they launched MegaCynics, a semi-autobiographical online webcomic which draws inspiration for source material from actual events and interactions surrounding Dengler and Vickers, who are both characters in the webcomic.[10] MegaCynics often features Dengler's interactions (both real and imagined) with many geek culture figures such as Tim Schafer,[11] Tom Hall, Ken Levine, Chris Avellone, Harrison Krix,[12] and Teal Sherer.[13]

In December 2012, Dengler was featured in Geek a Week by Len Peralta. [14]

Dracogen Inc.[edit]

Dengler is the CEO and founder of Dracogen Inc. (formerly Dracogen Strategic Investments), an investment company through which he finances projects, companies, and opportunities he finds "personally exciting, compelling, and (most importantly) fun".[15]

On September 29, 2011, Dengler and Tim Schafer announced[16] that Dengler had funded the OS X version of Double Fine's Psychonauts through Dracogen. This was followed by another announcement [17] [18] on October 14, 2011 that Dengler had also funded the PC version of Costume Quest. On August 30, 2012, it was revealed that Double Fine's free-to-play iOS game Middle Manager of Justice is part of a three game deal with Dracogen.[19]

During PAX East 2013, another Double Fine game was revealed that was financed by Dracogen. Dropchord is a motion-based rhythm and puzzle video game for Windows, Mac, tablets and smartphones that will be a launch title for the Leap Motion Airspace app store when the Leap Motion controller is released on July 22, 2013.[20][21]

On May 16, 2013, it was revealed[22] that Dengler was the so-called "mystery investor" who had provided financing for Defense Grid 2 in associaion with Hidden Path Entertainment.

Dracogen has substantially contributed to a number of other gaming projects, including Torment: Tides of Numenera,[23] Broken Age,[24] and Project Eternity.[25]

Dracogen has also supported a number of media projects including My Gimpy Life,[26] Save the Supers,[27] Nuka Break,[28] Aperture R&D,[29] Star Trek Continues,[30] and the Veronica Mars movie.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Dengler and Farmer still work together, and remain very close friends.[2] Dengler named one of his children "Beric", in honour of Farmer.[3]

Dengler was an official torchbearer for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games. On 31 December 2009, he ran with the torch north of Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Quebec.[32][33]

Dengler collects video game memorabilia.[33][34] At the 2010 Child's Play Charity Dinner, Dengler purchased one of Harrison Krix's five Portal Gun props.[35][36][37]

Dengler is a philanthropist.[38] In addition to Child's Play, he supports a number of charities, including his alma mater, the University of Western Ontario where he dedicated part of an engineering pavilion in memory of Lynda Shaw, a classmate while he was studying mechanical engineering.[33][39]

Dengler is a private pilot,[38] sometimes making publicity flights for his related companies, such as his promotional trip for MegaCynics to visit Valve Software and Penny Arcade with Ash Vickers and Harrison Krix in May 2011.[40][41]

Dengler is a Canadian-Italian dual citizen who speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian.[38] He is also a member of Mensa Canada.[1]

Dengler plays Security Chief Drake in the fan production Star Trek Continues.


  1. ^ a b "Steven Dengler's LinkedIn profile". Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c McGillivray,Jim (2010). "Currency Giant Built on Friendship, Perseverance" (PDF). The Andrean Fall: 30–32. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Dengler, Steven (September 29, 2010). Currency Giant Built on Friendship, Perseverance (full interview). Interview with Jim McGillivray. Newmarket, Ontario. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ Pilieci, Vito (15 January 2011). "Small company, very large brand". The Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa). 
  5. ^ " Site Info". Alexa. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ Jermyn, Diane (21 November 2010). "The GTA's top employers for 2011". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  7. ^ Johne, Mario (21 November 2010). "In the race to hire the best, small firms pick up speed". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  8. ^ "Wifarer profile on Steven Dengler". Wifarer Inc. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ Chee,Sarah. "10th annual VIATeC Awards a success in Tectoria". BCIC. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  10. ^ "About MegaCynics". MegaCynics Inc. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Conversion" MegaCynics (8 July 2011), MegaCynics Inc., retrieved on July 19, 2011
  12. ^ "You're Welcome" MegaCynics (15 April 2011), MegaCynics Inc., retrieved on July 19, 2011
  13. ^ "Brand New Day" MegaCynics (1 July 2011), MegaCynics Inc., retrieved on July 19, 2011
  14. ^ "Geek A Week SuperFan: Steve Dengler". Len Peralta. 12 Dec 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  15. ^ "Dracogen Inc.". Dracogen Inc. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ Hinkle, David (29 September 2011). "Psychonauts comes to Mac, gets Steam update and iOS app". Joysqtiq. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  17. ^ "Costume Quest comes to PC!" (Press release). Double Fine Productions. 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  18. ^ Meer, Alec (15 October 2011). "Costume Quest: Double Fine Return To PC". Rock, Paper Shotgun. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  19. ^ "Double Fine Reveals Free to Play iOS Game". MTV. August 30, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Leap Motion gesture controller delayed to July 22". Polygon. April 25, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Double Fine's Dischord is now called Dropchord". The International House of Mojo. March 25, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  22. ^ Takahashi, Dean (16 May 2013). "Hidden Path finds an angel to finance the final development of Defense Grid 2 (exclusive)". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  23. ^ Rigney, Ryan (7 March 2013). "Big-Money Donors Help Torment Game Break Kickstarter’s Fastest-to-$1M Record". Wired. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  24. ^ Plante, Chris (13 December 2013). "Double Fine Double Feature: Steven Dengler". Polygon. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  25. ^ Peel, Jeremy (21 Sep 2012). "The other 1%: meet Kickstarter's mega-backers". PCGamesN. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  26. ^ "Meet My Gimpy Life's Steven Dengler". Comediva. 14 Aug 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  27. ^ "Issue #7: The Super Force vs. The End". My Damn Channel. 26 Sep 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  28. ^ "Fallout: Nuka Break the series - Episode One". Wayside Creations. 29 Aug 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  29. ^ "Aperture R&D - Episode 1". Machinima. 15 Mar 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  30. ^ "Phoenix Comicon 2013 To Premier First Episode Of Star Trek Continues Webseries" (Press release). Star Trek Continues. 3 Apr 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  31. ^ Busis, Hillary (13 Mar 2013). "'Veronica Mars' movie: Meet the guy who just pledged $10k for a speaking role". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  32. ^ Scott, David; Travis, Heather (2010). "Veni, Vidi, Vici" (PDF). Alumni Gazette. Spring: 24. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  33. ^ a b c "A Western alum's journey with the Olympic torch". The University of Western Ontario. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Collectibles" MegaCynics (4 April 2011), 7 Hats Publishing Inc., retrieved on July 19, 2011
  35. ^ "Portal Gun Sells For Over $14,000 At Child’s Play Auction". Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  36. ^ "Portal Gun for Child's Play". Volpin Props. 21 November 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  37. ^ "Life Cycle of a Portal Gun". 7 Hats Publishing Inc. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  38. ^ a b c Latchford, Teresa (30 November 2010). "XE co-founder provides spark, Dengler dedicated to giving back". The Era-Banner (Newmarket). Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  39. ^ "We are engineering a sustainable future" (PDF). The University of Western Ontario. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  40. ^ "Cookies = Win" MegaCynics (6 May 2011), 7 Hats Publishing Inc., retrieved on July 19, 2011
  41. ^ MegaCynics (2011). "Portal Road Trip Photos". Retrieved July 19, 2011. 

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