Dean DeBiase
Dean DeBiase

Adjunct Lecturer of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Print Overview

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.


Dean DeBiase on KIN
Farmhouse's Paul Earle interviews Dean DeBiase and Sonny Garg on Leo Burnett's Podcast
BRAVEntrepreneurs: Dean Debiase at TEDxUNPlaza

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

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

Print Research
Book Chapters
DeBiase, Dean. 2014. "Essays: Leadership Entrepreneurial Innovation." In Innovation Alchemists.

Print Teaching
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 organizations 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 people to step up in order to win in a competitive marketplace.
Corporate Innovation and New Ventures (KIEI-903) addresses the emerging practice of "corporate entrepreneurship," also called "intrapreneurship," broadly defined as the application of entrepreneurial capabilities to the development of new ventures within an existing firm. In 2014 the course was redesigned with enhanced student-experience goals, that would 1) create a more experiential-learning ecosystem, taking students out of the classroom into the realities of the boardroom, 2) curate a unique curriculum through impactful sessions and connections with top executives from multi-national corporations, and 3) consider the entrepreneurial movement as an opportunity and tool to drive innovation and growth in and around large enterprises. With a unique focus on exploring and learning from real companies with real problems, classes provide highly immersive learning opportunities, putting students right in the middle of the “innovation arms race.” By working directly with companies, students are able to roll up their sleeves and sample traditional and entrepreneurial innovation techniques from the perspective of impacting corporate strategy, market-facing initiatives, corporate venturing, startup partnering and new product development.
Student teams work with a “Sponsoring Partner” for the quarter, and are tasked with the creation of innovative ideas around their growth challenge areas, which are presented to the class by the company’s executives. Teams are further tasked with targeting, developing, evaluating, vetting and refining their top idea through a concept development process, culminating in a final project deliverable and formal presentation to company’s leadership team. Previous KIEI-903 Sponsoring Partners have included McDonald’s Corporation, United Healthcare and Procter & Gamble. In addition to the primary team project, students are also exposed to corporate and entrepreneurial innovation processes at a range of multi-national headquarter and corporate innovation center locations, startups, incubators and accelerators. Many classes are held on site, at “KIEI-903 Organization Partner” locations, where students interact with management, through thematic discussions, debates and workshops, about the current market opportunities and growth challenges they are pursuing. Organization Partners, where classes have been previously held include United Airlines, Whirlpool, PepsiCo, Accenture, Leo Burnett, Target, AKTA, TechNexus and1871.
All readings will be included in the course pack. Current details and updates about the class experience can be reviewed here.