Dent is coming back to Sun Valley, ID in March 2014. Check out the schedule of sessions and activities below:
Many of our guests will be arriving in Sun Valley on March 22. Dozens will come via the Southwest “Nerd Bird” flight followed by the wine tasting bus. After all get a chance to wind down and enjoy dinner, we encourage all “Denters” to head over to the brand new Ketchum Innovation Center for a reception.
The KIC is the hub of the valley’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and is the perfect location for us to share wine, munchies, good conversation, and to screen the thrilling National Geographic short “Terminal Velocity” featuring Dent speakers Ken and Suzanne Franklin.
In Terminal Velocity, the cameras captured Ken and Suzanne’s efforts to document the speed of an airborne Peregrine. In their groundbreaking operation, Ken along with their Falcon “Frightful” would perform high-speed vertical airborne skydives together.
Skiing can start early in Sun Valley, and for those who want to hit the slopes with the first lift, there will be a shuttle running to the base of Baldy Mountain at 8:30am. Meet in the Inn Lobby Lounge at 8:15 with your gear to head out for the lift.
Sunday is the first activity day at Dent 2014, and there will be plenty of great options. Meet in the Inn Lobby Lounge at 9:30 to connect with other Denters and hitch a ride (or a short walk) to one of the following activities:
Sunday is the first activity day at Dent 2014, and there will be plenty of great options in the afternoon -- including wine tasting. Meet in the Inn Lobby Lounge at 1:30pm to connect with other Denters and hitch a ride (or a short walk) to one of the following activities:
At the end of the first activity day, we'll all gather in the Sun Room on the second level of the Sun Valley Lodge (just above the resort check-in desk), with beautiful views of the snowy ski mountaints. Meet new members of the Dent community and greet old friends from throughout the year while enjoying some nice wine (including wine from our friends at Hand of God Wines) and appetisers.
Steve and Jason welcome everyone to Dent 2014 and share some opening remarks.
As early as 2010, former WIRED editor Chris Anderson was calling 3D Printing “the next industrial revolution.” Makerbot has earned the spotlight as the leader in producing (and supporting) 3D printing for the consumer, much the way Apple led the charge in computers for the home.
Makerbot president Jenny Lawton will sit for a fireside chat interview with Kathleen Warner, founding COO of the Startup America Partnership. They’ll discuss the challenges of stepping in as president of an organization with a mature culture, what the Makerbot Way has contributed to the success of the company, and how you can position your organization to take advantage of a future where anyone can design (and print) practically anything.
Entrepreneurs are constantly asked: what is your idea? how will it make money? how will it scale? We build a mythology around success, of what it is supposed to look like. We expect CEOs and Executive Directors to be able to describe the business and its future, even two or three years into a venture.
Nilofer Merchant will take the stage at Dent to talk about the differences between the myth of success and the reality of success. Drawing on her experiences at big companies building big product lines and from her experience working with people like Steve Jobs, Nilofer will show how to identify and showcase the uniqueness of your idea, how many of the greatest business successes didn’t find a revenue model until 7-10 years into the venture, and how to properly plan for scale in the modern world.
Video game streaming service Twitch.tv has rocketed into center stage as the leading platform for casual and professional gamers to broadcast their play to audiences around the world. Founded out of popular life casting platform Justin.tv, Twitch has managed to consistently walk the difficult line of identifying and adding features their users want, without wasting development resources on dead-ends or alienating users who want features they can’t (or shouldn’t) build.
Twitch.tv Founder Emmett Shear will join us at Dent 2014 to share the origin behind Twitch and how his focus on serving and understanding his most important users can be replicated in other companies. What metrics and methods should you use to ensure you properly understand how your users see your service? How can you use this data to drive decisions around your product and revenue? What do the behaviors, desires, and data of top Twitch broadcasters tell us about the future of broadcasting?
What are your users doing that is unique? What metrics and methods should you use to ensure you properly understand how your users see your service? How important have partnerships (like that with Playstation) been in positioning the Twitch platform as the industry leader, has it been worthwhile?
We welcome Kennedy Shine to the stage.
Entrepreneur Dan Shapiro's career spans vast behemoths like Microsoft and Google and tiny startups like Photobucket and Robot Turtles. Whether his team is made of one or one thousand, he's found that the magic of leadership is to delegate everything.
Well, almost everything.
In this talk drawn from his O'Reilly book, Startup CEO Secrets, Shapiro will share the exceptions that prove the rule - the six things a leader cannot delegate.
Take an hour and a half to enjoy lunch and the company of your peers in the beautiful Sun Valley Resort.
Between safety concerns, legal hand-wringing, and old fashioned driving enthusiasts, there are plenty of those who dread the mainstream arrival of what is really one of the most impressive technical accomplishment you can imagine: a car that drives itself. But invention has never been a popularity contest, and Anthony Levandowski, the project lead for Google’s Self Driving car initiative, is not daunted by the skeptics.
In this fireside chat interview, Anthony will join to discuss his origins as an entrepreneur, the vision behind his work on a self-driving vehicle, how it is different to pursue a universe-denting goal from within a company like Google instead of through a startup, and why his team and his work has found success where other teams have not.
A two-time, early-stage Chief Operating Officer Leslie Bradshaw has spent the last nine years of her career developing a strategy and plan to execute other people's visions. In her words, while the initial founder may have the capital-V Vision, she has the lowercase-v vision to get the Vision done. With the exception of Sheryl Sandberg and Leslie's "Rise of the Female COO" series on her Forbes blog, rare is it that you read about, understand the importance of, and truly appreciate the operators, administrators, and executors behind the CEO.
In her talk, Leslie will explore what a visionary-operator relationship can look like; she will share her insights into how to set up seemingly paradoxical systems that support building-the-plane-while-flying-it companies (needs to be agile! needs to be sturdy! needs to scale! needs to work immediately!), and share her sense of humor and perspective in a quick-hit "everything I've done wrong as a COO" to close out the presentation.
“Intellectual Property” can mean a lot of things. Not just patents, but trade secrets and the “secret sauce” knowledge and know-how that comes from expensive and time-consuming research and development. It gives companies that invest in innovation an edge in their markets, because they’re able to produce something that nobody else can, or at least nobody else can yet.
There is little doubt that new research leads to new innovations and technologies that “dent the universe.” But what if companies stopped investing in that research? What if it became so hard to protect the innovations that the costs of doing that research couldn’t be recuperated?
Mark Anderson, CEO of the FiRe (Future in Review) conference and Founding Chair of INVNT/IP, a global consortium of companies working to halt the spread of IP theft, will take the stage to explain how IP theft is growing, how it threatens the culture of innovation we enjoy today in the US, and share specific steps INVNT/IP is taking to make their approach in particular successful where other attempts have failed.
Take a half hour
You may not of heard of Kobun Chino Otogowa, but as one of Steve Jobs’ long-time mentors, his was the voice who urged him to start Apple. The App Store? You can thank Steve’s “coach” Mark Benioff of Salesforce fame for that idea.
The stereotypical image of the “intrepid” entrepreneur is that of the self-confident stalwart who has the courage to go it alone. The reality is that truly successful leaders rely on a network of people and organizations – both inside and outside their companies – to provide them with advice and counsel.
Russell Benaroya, serial entrepreneur and CEO of EveryMove, will take the stage at Dent for a fireside chat where he will discuss his growth as a manager and entrepreneur by leveraging what he calls his “external support structure.” Russell may be the face of EveryMove, but behind the curtain lies a strong network that is helping make him a better “athlete” in the game of impact.
Russell will discuss a variety of invaluable resources (most of which are available to all of us) that he relies on, and the pivotal lessons he has learned so far from his network of counselors.
Conversations are best over food and wine. On Monday night, the Dent group breaks off into smaller dinners, around 20-25 people at each, headed to different hand-picked restaurants around Ketchum, ID for great, hosted meals (that means it's on us).
After dinner, the town is open; some people congregate for drinks, others head back to home base for quiet conversation or call it a night.
Cure Violence takes the effective stance that violence is for all intents and purposes an epidemic. You acquire violence the way you might acquire tuberculosis, and, you can literally use the methods for halting the spread of an epidemic to halt the spread of violence.
Gary Slutkin is the Founder of Cure Violence and the source of the original insight. He will take the stage at Dent to share his process for testing out the analogy: what were the methods he used to examine violence and determine if it really would respond like an epidemic? And in what order? And in turn, how can you determine whether your challenges will respond the same way?
Learning is a powerful concept. Children learn in school, but adults also learn; we learn in work, we learn in life. As a result, many of the principles critical in education can also be great enhancements in the office, allowing teams to perform petter, recognize and correct mistakes more quickly, and provide motivation for the entire group.
In this session, Hanson Hosein, UW Professor and Founder of Four Peaks will conduct a fireside chat with Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning, who will share her specific experiences leading a team that is flexible, innovative, and open to learning as they work, and how that has allowed DreamBox to succeed where otherwise they would have failed.
Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowd funding platform, is revolutionizing how we think about product development, financing and crowd empowerment. Danae Ringelmann, Founder & Chief Development Officer at Indiegogo will be interviewed by Jeremiah Owyang to discuss how crowdfunding is changing the trajectory of business and how things get made.
In this session, this interview will explore the benefits of crowdfunding and tackle tough topics such as, the impacts to traditional investment sources like VCs, keeping Indiegogo a safe and trusted platform, and debating if the crowd is actually wiser than vetted professionals from established companies.
The big question this duo will ask and answer? Is the crowd really more powerful than traditional methods?
All organizations desire sustained competitive advantage. Many pursue that goal largely by building core competencies and focusing on continuous improvement. As Clayton Christensen has asserted, without persistent and appropriate innovation this is the path to decline and eventual collapse.
To enhance their ability to innovate, many organizations embrace an “outside in” form of Open Innovation, a process where external ideas and technologies are merged into the firm’s own innovation process. As Apple integrated Hitachi’s Microdrive technology to create the iPod, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass for the iPhone, companies like Procter and Gamble and General Motors have strategically aligned with Amazon and Siri technologies respectively.
GM’s John McFarland (formerly of P&G) was behind both the Siri and the award-winning Amazon initiatives described above, and now central to the Open Innovation partnerships at General Motors.
Take an hour and a half to enjoy lunch and the company of your peers in the beautiful Sun Valley Resort.
SRI International started out way back in 1946 as the Stanford Research Institute, founded by Atholl McBean as an organization dedicated to research in science, technology, industry, economics, and management. Materials research, molecular physics, artificial intelligence, semiconductor tech, and even voice interaction have marked milestones in SRI history, and it’s long been seen as a fertile company for innovation. Even “Siri”, the popular Apple voice assistant started out as an SRI project.
But how do you keep the disruption, the innovation flowing year after year in industries that tend to get entrenched? Dror Oren, Executive Director of SRI International, will share with us how he keeps the organization on the cutting edge of innovation and how the culture of innovation at SRI can apply to your business too. Because the adage “innovate or die” is just as true in 2014 as it was a decade ago.
Virginia Postrel, author of The Power of Glamour, says that glamour is "a form of nonverbal rhetoric, which moves and persuades not through words but through images, concepts, and totems." When something is glamorous it seems to have an unreasonable power over our own desires and an outsized influence on the dreams we choose to chase.
When properly harnessed, glamour can be a powerful tool in communicating your vision. In this session, Postrel will take the stage to decode the language of glamour and talk about some of the most effective ways in it can be used in advertising, persuasion, and denting the universe.
What does the Vietnam War have to do with The North Face? What does advanced geometry have to do with backpacking? This habit of combining seemingly unrelated ideas led to several breakthrough innovations in outdoor gear that helped establish The North Face as a leading brand by offering products that outperformed the competition.
In this session, Hap Klopp, Founder of The North Face, will discuss the importance of paying attention to industries outside your own, how you can train yourself to notice when something new can be applied to a problem you are trying to solve, and how to use disruptive technology to create new markets.
Local Idaho astronomer Dr. Irwin Horowitz will attempt to convey the enormity of the task that conferees have undertaken in trying to “put a dent in the universe.” In addition to summarizing the current state of knowledge regarding modern cosmology, Dr. Horowitz will describe some of the wonders the conferees will be able to view at the evening star party (weather permitting).
On Tuesday night, we'll be hosting a special Star Party where the group can gather and look at the heavens. We'll have an astronomer on hand with telescope and green lazer who will be able to point out and explain all manner of interesting astronomical objects (stars, planets, nebulae, and so on).
Bring a warm jacket or a blanket. We'll have some drinks to share and some music for the group.
The shuttle leaves at 7:30pm from outside the Sun Valley Lodge.
Once again, for the Denters who want to hit the slopes with the first lift, there will be a shuttle running to the base of Baldy Mountain at 8:30am. Meet in the Inn Lobby Lounge at 8:15 with your gear to head out for the mountain.
Close out your Dent trip with a second activity day - take a walk through the beautiful mountains, grab some ice skates, go bowling, or schedule a massage or spa time at nearby Zenergy. Again, meet in the Inn Lobby Lounge at 9:30am to find a group and head out with whichever group you choose.
The second activity day closes out with some self-scheduled time; take a walk through the beautiful mountains or enjoy the treats of Sun Valley in the company of new friends.
If you will be taking the "nerd bird" flight home with our partner Southwest Airlines, be sure to make it onto the bus for the trip back to the airport.