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ABOUT DANIEL JAMES SCOTT

Daniel James Scott sparks visionaries to become revolutionary catalysts.

Daniel is an award-winning community-builder, celebrated entrepreneur and the bestselling co-author of Building the Ultimate Business PlanThe Startup Student and Confessions From An Entrepreneur Vol 2: How to be a Successful College Entrepreneur. He currently serves as a partner with Alorum, a twelve-year-old consultancy that has spun off and sold two distinct new ventures; business faculty at St. Petersburg College, one of Florida's largest academic institutions; and on dozens of advisory boards for programs around the greater Tampa Bay area.

Previously, Daniel led strategic turnarounds of the Tampa Bay Tech council, formerly known as the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, and the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, the world’s only combined eye bank and ocular research center.

At Tampa Bay Tech, Daniel’s leadership brought the organization back from the brink of insolvency to year-over-year profitability growth, supporting a membership that employs over two million, generates more than five hundred billion in annual revenue and carries over two trillion in market cap. As a result of this work, Daniel and the entire board of directors were named the inaugural Tampa Bay Business Journal “Outstanding Small Nonprofit Board of Directors.”

At the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Daniel was instrumental in returning the organization to profitability, increasing the asset base by a third, cutting A/R in half while doubling revenue, and closing two acquisitions propelling global expansion. As a result of this work, the organization was a 2018 Tampa Bay Business Journal One Tampa Bay Nonprofit Honoree and the organization’s Director of Administration and Finance was named a finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2018 CFO of the Year.

Daniel also co-founded RNG Tampa Bay, the nation’s first in-house corporate recruiter group; Gazelle Lab, Florida’s first seed-stage fund under the Techstars banner; the undergraduate Entrepreneurship & Global Business majors at the University of South Florida, a preeminent research university located in the heart of Tampa Bay; and three successfully-exited businesses. His work establishing the State University System of Florida’s first Entrepreneurship undergraduate major earned the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s “Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program” award and the Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s “Educator of the Year” award.

Scott’s work has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, GeekWire and the Wall Street Journal. The American City Business Journals explain "an accomplished entrepreneur, Scott has become one of the Tampa Bay area's go-to leaders in the tech industry." "The serial entrepreneur," notes Florida Trend magazine "is raising the profile of the region as a tech hub." TechCrunch reports that “entrepreneur and author Daniel James Scott” is “getting Tampa Bay’s name on the map.” However, the St. Pete Catalyst sums it up best: "To call Daniel James Scott an influencer is something of an understatement."

Scott was named the US Small Business Administration’s 50th Anniversary State of Florida “Business Advocate of the Year,” one of Tampa Bay Times “10 Who make Tampa Bay Area’s Economic Outlook Brighter” and one of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Power 100.”

Scott, who’s relations include fellow visionary revolutionists King Charlemagne (who ushered in the Carolingian Renaissance), Myles Standish (commander of the Plymouth Colony), Walt Disney (pioneer of the American animation industry) and Brian Wilson (co-author of more than two-dozen Top 40 hits), maintains residence in Tampa Bay with his closest relations, his wife and their twins.

Recent Media

Apple, Amazon, Google join industry leaders in push to protect Dreamers
(CNET, 11 February 2019)

A giant coalition of companies including Amazon and Apple urges Congress to save 'Dreamers'
(CNBC, 11 February 2019)

A guide to Tampa Bay Startup Week
(Tampa Bay Business Journal, 4 February 2019)

Day Translations President Inspires Entrepreneurs
(Digital Journal, 18 January 2019)

Spanish translations? Decipher ancient Ottoman? Tampa’s Sean Hopwood will translate anything
(Tampa Bay Times, 18 January 2019)

In 2019, entrepreneur and tech leaders' hard work will pay off
(Tampa Bay Business Journal, 4 January 2019)


BOOKING DANIEL JAMES SCOTT

Daniel James Scott has guided thousands of visionaries on their way to sparking revolutions through his hundreds of in-person keynotes. Daniel has keynoted conferences including the ASBDC National Conference, ASBE Annual Conference, Entrepreneurship Education Project Conference, InvestOps USA, poweredUP Technology Festival, Social : Mobile : Payments Conference, Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference, Tampa Bay Startup Week and the USASBE Annual Conference. Audiences have seen him keynote at venues including Busch Gardens, the Dali Museum, Hard Rock Live Orlando, Mahaffey Theater, Palladium Theater, Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Tampa Theatre, University of South Florida and the University of Tampa. His talks are inspiring, yet prescriptive; fast-paced, yet relatable; high-energy, yet determined.

For a great example of his work, see Daniel’s you, a field manual presented as two keynotes - five years apart - at Ignite Tampa Bay.

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