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Jason Preston

Co-Founder // Dent

Jason is a co-founder of Dent, a company that creates and supports a community of entrepreneurs, executives, and creatives who are driven to “put a dent in the universe.” Dent began as an annual conference but quickly developed into a strong community of people who call themselves “Denters.” The name Dent comes from the Steve Jobs quote: “we’re here to put a dent in the universe, why else even be here?”. The conference focuses on drawing actionable insights from success and building an environment where peers from diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise are encouraged to build meaningful relationships through conversation and shared experience.

In addition to an annual conference, now hosted in Yountville, CA, Dent works to engage with Denters throughout the year and provide opportunities for them to connect with each other and forge the kinds of connections that lead to powerful collaborations. Many Denters will host their own meetups for locals to join, and Dent formally hosts a series of other intimate experiences throughout the country called Dent Dinners.

Through his research and work at Dent, Jason has spent time discussing personal mastery, leadership, and innovation with dozens of entrepreneurs and leaders like Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith, Lynda.com founder Lynda Weinman, The North Face founder Hap Klopp, and Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann. Every year since its founding, at least half of the presenters at Dent are women, earning the conference a spot in the Gender Avenger Hall of Fame.

Jason is a board member for the Hydrocephalus Association, which is dedicated to eliminating the challenges of hydrocephalus. He is also a board member for the nonprofit COFES Institute, which hosts the annual Congress on the Future of Engineering Software. Jason is also a writer; his work has been published in Geekwire, Seattle Business Magazine, Crosscut, and elsewhere.

Jason is married to an amazing, award-winning journalist and Harvard Nieman Fellow Mónica Guzmán. Together they have two beautiful children and live in Seattle, WA. During the Nieman Fellowship school year of 2015-2016, Jason became a Nieman Affiliate, and spent the academic year taking classes across Harvard Univeristy, including classes at Harvard Business School on digital innovation and transformation. He also helped the HBS Digital Inititive launch a new annual invitational industry summit called Future Assembly.

My Sessions

Welcome and Day Two Announcements

Limelight A & B

Introductory remarks and a quick review of themes from Monday.

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Hold your nose, roll up your sleeves: because utopia doesn’t need fixing

Limelight A & B

The paradox of true change-making is that the opportunities to do the most good exist in spaces that are the most broken. Whether it’s a dystopian future, a hated industry, a dangerous locale, or some other form of unpleasantness, change requires dwelling and engaging in the gray areas, the places that others avoid. Ari Gesher […]

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Closing Remarks & Break

Limelight A & B

We’ll take a few minutes to review what we’ve learned through the official programming, talk about 2018, and share a little piece of interesting news.

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Learning from Leonardo: Inside Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester

Limelight A & B

Microsoft Principal Researcher Curtis Wong will take us on a journey through his 37-year quest to understand Leonardo da Vinci. In this unique fireside chat interview, Curtis will share with us the new insights he’s drawn about the man and his work through his research and collaboration with leading Leonardo scholars from all over the […]

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How to Dent The Universe: What We’ve Learned So Far

Limelight A & B

We’ve been hosting Dent since 2013, gathering a group of great minds every year to explore what it takes to put a Dent in the Universe. Here in our fifth Dent, it’s time to review what we’ve learned so far.

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