Dean DeBiase
Dean DeBiase

Lecturer of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Dean DeBiase is an expansion phase CEO and Silicon Valley veteran with a track record scaling emerging growth companies, turning around organizations and embedding entrepreneurial-grade talent into multi-national corporation—to drive innovative growth. He has led public and private corporations through expansion, turnaround, roll-up, spin-out, M&A and IPO phases in Chairman, CEO and lead director roles.

He has been chief executive of a dozen private and public corporations and Fortune 500 subsidiaries including: Entertainment Promotions, restructure and sold to a founder group; TNS Media, a roll-up of media analytics and big-data insights companies acquired by WPP; Autoweb, which he built into the most popular digital auto brand and syndicated content/advertising network, took public and merged with Autobytel to create the largest Internet automotive marketing services company; and The Imagination Network, a social games company ranked the top entertainment destination by comScore, which he sold to AOL.

Dean is Chairman of Reboot Partners, a growth acceleration and interim management group, Boardroom Innovation, enabling the next-generation of digitally savvy corporate boards and helping multi-national executives drive impactful strategy, innovation and growth partnership programs, and Startup Partners, which helps emerging growth companies disrupt, scale and grow faster.

He is a Senior KIN Fellow and Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Kellogg School of Management, a Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors and serves in board advisor, independent director and board Chairman roles, supporting civic, non-profit, government, family, foundation, private and public companies.

Dean is a lecture, author, frequent media guest, sought after speaker and a professional member of the National Speakers Association and Global Speakers Federation. He is the co-founder of the popular innovation crowd-sourced site, Innovation Excellence and a co-author of the best-selling book The Big Moo with Seth Godin and Malcolm Gladwell.

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MBA, Keller Graduate School of Management
BS, Marketing, Northern Illinois University

Other Professional Experience
<strong>Current Positions</strong>
Chairman & CEO, Reboot Partners
Executive Chairman, AKTA
Chairman and Board Member, ADMCi
Chairman and Board Member, Donor Path
Chairman, Innovation Excellence
Chairman, Startup Partners
Chairman, Boardroom Innovation
Board Leadership Fellow, NACD
Senior Fellow, Kellog Innovation Network
<br /><strong>Current Boards and Advisory Boards</strong>
NIU Foundation
Innovation Excellence
Security Innovation Network
<br /><strong>Previous Roles</strong>
CEO, TNS Media
Chairman & CEO, Entertainment Promotions
Chairman & CEO, Fathom Online
Chairman & CEO, Free Drive
Chairman & CEO, Autoweb
CEO, CatchTV
CEO, AOL-WorldPlay Entertainment
CEO, AT&T-The Imagination Network
CMO & President Network Systems, Zenith/LG
CMO & Entrepreneur-in Residence, Arris/Anixter
President, Anixter International
President, Optical Networks International
Managing Director, FedEx
<br /><strong>Previous Boards and Advisory Boards</strong>
Akoo/RMG Networks
CatchTV/Liberty Media
Donlen/Hertz Corporation
CenterPost/West Corporation
Excelligence Learning Corporation
Keller Graduate School of Management

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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Corporate Innovation and New Ventures (KIEI-903-0)

Formerly ENTR-903-0

The terms “entrepreneurship” and “innovation” often evoke images of a startup in a garage. But what about the game-changing innovation generated by large, established corporations? Now more than ever, large corporations are focusing on innovation as the key to their growth and prosperity. In some instances, it is critical for their very survival. These companies are investing in systems and processes to accelerate the pace of innovation—but need their teams to step up in order to win in a competitive marketplace.

Corporate Innovation and New Ventures (KIEI-903) is a highly immersive and experiential learning laboratory that puts students right in the middle of this “innovation arms race.” We will examine entrepreneurship and innovation from the perspective of corporate strategy, market-facing initiatives, corporate venturing, new product development, and longer term R&D, in partnership with multi-national corporations. With an emphasis on developing innovative ideas for a final course project, you and your business team members will be assigned to work with a real company, on real problems.

In addition to the main project, students will be exposed to corporate innovation processes at a range of other top Chicago-area corporations, working on real challenges in their own corporate innovation centers. Students will also visit 1871, one of the top incubators/accelerators in the United States and an "idea feeder" to a number of large corporations.

Although there are no textbooks required, Peter Drucker’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Grow from Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation, by Robert Wolcott and Mike Lippitz are suggested for context. All readings will be included in the course pack.

PLEASE NOTE: KIEI-903 students are required to attend some classes at corporate locations in Chicago. This class cannot be dropped after the first day of class