About Dent

Dent is a conference and a community for entrepreneurs, executives, and creatives who are driven to “put a dent in the universe.”

In 2013, Dent co-founders Steve and Jason invited 100 people from all different industries — Cathie Black, former publisher of USA Today, Alvy Ray Smith, Pixar co-founder, Harper Reed, CTO of Obama for America, Maia Young, UCLA Professor, and others — to join them in Sun Valley, ID in March in an attempt to better understand what it takes to “put a dent in the universe,” so that these lessons and techniques could be better understood and put to use by anyone.

Since then, Dent has grown into a community and an experience. An annual retreat where people connect and learn from each other, and become better equipped to succeed at their own effort.

Let’s help give this power to more people. Let’s put a dent in the universe.


Dent will be returning to the beautiful Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, March 2017. We hold two optional ski and activity days on either side of two days of sessions and content. 


On Monday night, Denters are split into groups of around 25 people each, and taken to hosted dinners at various restaurants (such as The Sawtooth Club, Enoteca, Globus, and Il Naso) in Ketchum, the small town right next to the Sun Valley Resort. 

These dinners are always a highlight for the conference; they are one of the many opportunities to build meaningful relationships outside the usual conference setting with other motivated, talented leaders. 


We will begin our exploration from six thematic starting points, each designed to raise questions and provide replicable answers about the “how” of denting the universe from the leaders on stage.  


Vision is the essential first step in making a difference. It’s no coincidence that most of the leaders who have made a difference have been labeled as “visionaries.” Practical foresight is a synthesis of intuition, extrapolation, and pattern recognition. True visionaries are credited with being able to see accurately where markets, technologies and trends are headed, and importantly — in what timeframe.


Steve Jobs said that the key to his success was that he had been able to recognize and recruit superior talent. Nothing of consequence has been accomplished without the right People. How do you find and work with the most productive teammates? How do you motivate them? 


As Fast Company has written, “Great design is a prerequisite for turning consumers into customers.” And great innovators know, Design goes way beyond simply making things pretty. As Sir Peter Dyson says, design at its essence is “problem solving.” A central thread running throughout Dent will be how engineering and artistry synthesize into winning products and services.  


Success requires Process. The details matter. Discipline allows an organization to consistently outperform its competition.


Da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” A common thread running through the great ventures of our time is how leaders drove them with a single-minded Focus on what really mattered. 


Alchemy is what makes a venture more than just the sum of its parts. It’s that elusive “something extra” that acts as an accelerant and enhancement to the overall mix of attributes. As the Hope Diamond is more than a lump of coal affected by heat and pressure, an organization and what it creates are more than just an assembly of productive components. Aspects like charismatic leadership, cultural bonds, or other pervasive insights/intuitions fit here.