Hi, I'm Dale - let's work together!

I founded Uncollege, grew the organization to $2M in lifetime revenue, and hired an awesome management team to continue growing the business. I was part of the first class of Thiel Fellows,  wrote a book that Penguin published, and have worked with clients such as Intel, Agilent, and NBCUniversal. I love helping companies tell the right story to connect with their customers, and am accepting new projects starting in June.

Marketing

It's time to launch a product, build a community around your brand, get national media attention to attract investors, or put your CEO in front of the right stakeholders?

I designed and executed campaigns that got my work featured on every major media outlet you can think of - Today Show, Morning Edition, Katie Couric - and built an internationally recognized brand in education, without spending a dollar on PR.

Communications

Need a [keynote speech, investor deck, press release, thought leadership article, blog post, sales collateral, ad creative,  overall content strategy, or any other written material]? 

I've given more than 200 public talks, raised $2M for my own projects, and written for the NYT, WSJ, and Washington Post (among many others). Also, Penguin published my book, Hacking Your Education, in 2013.

Strategy 

You just raised money and need to figure out the game plan? You need to figure out how to increase revenue without increasing your sales/marketing spend? You need to decide between whether to raise money, or bootstrap, and what the story is if you do?

Companies I advise have raised more than $45M, I've been the catalyst for key hires that led to successful acquisitions, and made introductions that resulted in two exits.

Does it sound like I can help? Email me and let's chat!

Advising & Consulting Clients

I've worked with large companies (Intel, Agilent, NBC Universal, Malaysian Ministry of Innovation), startups (Degreed, NextBillion.org, WellTrack, Roikoi, Jobstart, Loomia, Sunrise) and agencies (Ready State, Institute for the Future). You can find a formal list of my work on my LinkedIn profile.

Investing

I like startups that are real businesses. They have six figures in revenue (and growing), sell a product/service for a profit, and have a clear path to being able to triple invested capital.

I love working with early-stage founders. I write small checks personally, but have access to larger amounts of capital through a family office. I'm always open to hearing about investment opportunities -- the best way to contact me is to drop me an email: dalejstephens@gmail.com

A few examples: Loomia, Beelightful, Cleveland Whiskey (see them all on Angel List)

Speaking

I've given more than 200 public talks around the world - from TEDxTaiwan to the New York Times. If you're interested in hiring me to speak, email me and I can put you in touch with my agent.