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Dent is coming back to Sun Valley, ID March 22-25th 2015. Check out the schedule of sessions and activities below:

March 22nd

10:00 am

Activity Day

The Dent Activity day features skiing, wine tasting, and other great group activities with your fellow Denters in Sun Valley, ID.

March 23rd

10:30 am

From Scrappy to Scale: Management Tips for Entrepreneurs at Growing Companies

Speakers: Sarah Milstein

"Management" is the stuff taught in business school and for people running Fortune 500 companies with big teams and thousands of employees. But entrepreneurs need to begin managing their companies well before they're public, and many founders struggle with the transition.

Sarah Milstein, CEO and co-founder, with Eric Ries, of Lean Startup Productions, will share her insights into the process of learning to manage a company as it grows from a startup into a mature organization.

11:30 am

Understanding Insight: Humor, Inspiration, and The Creative Process

A "flash of insight" can lead to all kinds of things: a breakthrough product idea, a time-traveling flux-capacitor, or even a cartoon. LA Times Editorial Cartoonist and Columnist David Horsey is no stranger to the creative process. With more than thirty years of writing and cartooning---and two Pulitzer Prizes---under his belt, he has learned to consistently strike the right balance of novelty, insight, and entertainment. 

Seattle Times Columnist Monica Guzman will join David on stage to conduct an interview about his creative habits: what routines, sources of inspiration, processes, and practices have led to his Pulitzer prize-winning work.

01:30 pm

In House: Practical Solutions for Managing a Virtual Team

Speakers: Cheryl Contee

Apple's fierce insistence on keeping things "in house"--from their operating system to their hardware and even, to some extent, their supply chain--has underlined over the past decade how important it is to own your "core competencies" when you're attempting to dent the universe. But having talent "in house" no longer needs to mean in the same building, which introduces new challenges in building culture and camaraderie (but not, usually, in recruiting).

Cheryl Contee, the Co-Founder of Fission Strategy, Attentive.ly, both of which have a small team of employees scattered around the world, will join us on stage to discuss the techniques you can use to successfully create strong culture, loyalty, and interconnection in a virtual team. 

March 24th

10:00 am

Using All Four Burners: How to Find Professional and Personal Success

Author David Sedaris coined the "Four Burners" theory: in his analysis, a four-burner oven represents your family, your friends, your health, and your work. To be successful in any one arena you have to “shut off a burner”, and to be really successful you have to shut off two.

Is this true? Or can smart optimization of time and obligations allow for success in 3 or 4 arenas? In this unique fireside chat, Dr. Julie Kientz and Dr. Shwetak Patel, both independently selected for MIT's Innovators under 35 in separate fields of work, will both join us on stage as a pair of married professionals, to share their tips and strategies for time management, seeking and evaluating opportunities, and how their experience as professors has helped them navigate entrepreneurial waters.

02:00 pm

The Anatomy of Disruption

Speakers: Nela Richardson

When you look at the companies today who have shaken up their respective industries (AirBnB, Uber, Kickstarter, Redfin, Amazon, Netflix, etc.) they all have one thing in common: their business models are firmly grounded in traditional microeconomic thinking and principles. 

When competitive advantage can be gained (or lost) by understanding things like “asymmetric information” or "principal-agent problems” or “artificial scarcity” or “Vickrey auctions,” it makes sense for organizations to hire Chief Economists. Redfin lured Nela Richardson away from Bloomberg Government to join the organization in that role. And Redfin isn’t alone. These days, companies like Google, Valve and Microsoft have all brought in chief economists because economic thinking can assist in everything from grand strategy to marketing tactics.  

In this fireside chat, Nela Richardson, Chief Economist for Redfin, will discuss how economic analysis differs from traditional business thinking — and how the tools economists use can determine markets that are ripe for disruption. Along the way, Richardson will also address the practical use of econometrics: how data, apps and services can create predictive models and guide editorial development, and why many companies are choosing to take a “full-stack” Apple-inspired approach to their markets.

03:45 pm

Lessons From a Consulting Detective

At our first Dent gathering in 2013, Maria Konnikova, author of "Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes" discussed how mindfulness and focus can enhance creativity and problem-solving.

For 2015, we will expand on that theme by bringing in Mark Duncan, a real-word Sherlock Holmes. For the last six years Mark (a "retired" police detective) has been sought after by numerous police departments on a contract basis to help them solve a number of cold-case homicides that have defied conventional resolution.

Over his 36 years of experience in law enforcement Mark has developed a variety of effective techniques for interviewing suspects and witnesses, as well as for reading subtleties in the evidence. Unlike the abrasive style the fictional Holmes takes, Mark's approach is focused on reading his subject in order to build rapport and affinity. 

In this fireside chat Mark will discuss real-world/everyday applications of the tools, techniques, strategies and tactics he uses on the job to weed out deception, drive revelation, and to steer behavior. 

 
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