Dan O’Dowd

Your Source for Software that Never Fails and Can’t Be Hacked

If you are a CEO or on a Board of Directors and you are worried about getting hacked, or your products have bugs, are behind schedule, or are sluggish, I’m the person you need to talk to. I have also been a CEO and on Boards of Directors for almost 40 years. I solved these problems for my companies, and I can do it for your company, too.

I designed, wrote, and managed the development of hundreds of the world’s most safety-critical and security-critical systems, none of which has ever failed or been hacked. With the technology I developed, finding bugs is a breeze and huge performance improvements are easy. I can solve your toughest software problems and make it all comprehensible to you.

Dan O’Dowd, Dawn Project Founder

Your Expert in Software Security

I designed and wrote the core security system for our nuclear forces, military and commercial aircraft, Top Secret encryptors, laptops for FBI field agents, and military cellphones and radios. This software has been certified by the NSA to Common Criteria EAL6+, a higher level of security certification than achieved by any other software. Has your security “expert” ever designed and written the security software for a system that never fails and can’t be hacked? Or, do they claim that no one can write software that never fails and can’t be hacked? I do it every day.


Your Expert in Software Safety and Reliability

The operating system I designed and wrote is certified by the FAA to the highest level of safety and reliability: DO-178C Level A. I can find a bug in your software that you have had a dozen people chasing for months. Can your safety and reliability “expert” find every bug? Do they say that is impossible? It’s not, let me show you.


Your Expert in Software Performance

I can make your software run up to 4 times faster than anyone else. No one else even claims to be an expert in software performance.

If you ask a technical person how to solve a technical problem, you will get a bunch of gibberish. If you ask a non-technical person how to solve a technical problem, they can’t even understand it, so you will get a bunch of gibberish.

That is where I come in. I can make it all comprehensible to you.

Professional Summary

  • The world’s leading authority on cybersecurity and software safety, reliability, and performance.
  • A unique ability to design and manage software development for any computer system that ensures that it will never fail, it can’t be hacked, it will outperform the competition, and every bug can be found.
  • Forty five years of unmatched depth and breadth of hands on, day-to-day experience developing software for the most safety-critical and security-critical systems in every industry, from deeply embedded systems to enterprise IT.


  • California Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, 1976.

Work History

1975: Began developing The Dawn Methodology

  • To write software that never fails and can’t be hacked

1977: Designed and wrote Mattel Electronic Football software

  • The must have Christmas toy of 1977

1978: Designed a new microprocessor

  • Sent it to Mars to map the entire Martian surface at high resolution and transmit Mars Rover data back to Earth

1982: Founded Green Hills Software

  • Started with an $86,000 angel investment
  • Never took another investment
  • Hired the best of the best programmers
  • Made a profit every year
  • Bought out the angel investor at 50,000% ROI
  • Made a billion dollars

1982: Designed, managed, and wrote the best compilers

1985: Used the compilers to rescue the Macintosh (and Apple Computers) at Steve Jobs’ request

1991: Designed and managed development of the best debugger

1995: Designed and wrote the only operating system that never fails and can’t be hacked

  • To secure our nuclear forces
  • To fly all our intercontinental nuclear bombers: B1-B, B-2, B-52
  • To fly all our fighter jets: F-35, F-22, F-16, Eurofighter
  • To fly a dozen models of military and civilian helicopters
  • To fly our commercial airliners: Boeing 787 & Airbus A380
  • To secure top secret encryptors, radios, and communications
  • To run BMW, Daimler, GM, Chrysler, Fiat, and Peugeot cars
  • The highest NSA software security certification: EAL6+
  • The highest FAA software safety certification: DO-178C Level A

2009: Designed and managed development of an unhackable multi-level secure desktop computer for the intelligence community

2017: Designed and managed development of an unhackable cell phone

2018: Designed and managed development of an unhackable laptop for FBI agents

2021: Founded The Dawn Project to replace all the software in critical infrastructure with software that never fails and can’t be hacked

2022: Ran for California Senate on a single-issue campaign, highlighting the dangers of Tesla’s defective Full Self-Driving software

2023: Broadcast a public safety message during Super Bowl LVII, outlining the critical safety defects of Tesla Full Self-Driving and the significant threat this software poses to road safety

The ad publicized the findings of safety tests conducted by The Dawn Project which uncovered the following critical safety defects in Tesla’s Full Self-Driving, which will:

  • Run down a child in a school crosswalk
  • Ignore ‘Do Not Enter’ and ‘Road Closed’ signs
  • Overtake stopped school buses
  • Speed in school zones
  • Hit a child in a stroller
  • Run over children crossing the road
  • Swerve into oncoming traffic
  • Ignore road signs warning it to slow down for sharp bends
  • Drive on the wrong side of the road


Corporate leadership

  • 41 years as CEO
  • My top staff have been with me for over 20 years

Start up experience & work on a tight budget

  • I built a unicorn from a total investment of $86,000

Make money for investors

  • I delivered a 50,000% ROI

Make a profit

  • 41 years in a row


  • I can envision things that I can build now that people will be eager to pay for in the future
    Customers don’t know what they really want until I show it to them


  • I show customers how much more money they can make and how little it costs


  • I can make the most deeply technical issues understandable to people with no technical training

Technology leadership

  • The ability to deliver a continuous stream of revolutionary technology to keep a decade ahead of the competition
  • Do things that everyone else says are impossible
  • Extremely high standards
  • Obsessed with quality
  • Extraordinary discipline
  • People tell me I’m hard to work with

World’s leading authority on cybersecurity

  • I can make any computer system unhackable

World’s leading authority on software safety

  • I wrote the operating system for three intercontinental nuclear bombers which are weapons of mass destruction where one bug could vaporize a city

World’s leading authority on software reliability

  • I can program any system so it will never fail
  • I can find every bug in any program I write
  • The last time I couldn’t find a bug, it was 1975

World’s leading authority on software performance

  • I can make any program run much faster, often 4x

Engineering management

  • Over 40 years of engineering management experience
  • The best recruiting program in the world, hiring only the best of the best