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Daniel James Scott has guided thousands of visionaries on their way to sparking revolutions through his hundreds of in-person speeches. Past appearances include gigs at the ASBDC National Conference, Dali Museum, Hard Rock Live Orlando, Mahaffey Theater, Tampa Theatre, and the University of South Florida. 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, ftw at Ignite Tampa Bay. As reported in the Tampa Bay Times, Daniel (James) Scott… pitched perseverance. He cited Broadway phenom Stephen Sondheim as a role model as a composer and lyricist who toiled in obscurity for years. Then came his breakthrough in the 1957 production of West Side Story, followed by decades of major achievements. Attaining a vision, Scott said, “is hard and uncomfortable” and worthy of taking some risks in life. Attended by over 900, this was the largest Ignite event in the world to date.

Or his LocalShops1 5th Birthday Keynote on Local Pride at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa.

Or his Startup Grind interview.

Or maybe peruse Daniel’s Entrepreneurs Academy 2013 Graduation Keynote for the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Organizer Barry Foster noted, Daniel, you were great! Strong and candid message, especially your “secret”. I look forward to future opportunities to hear you speak.

To book Daniel for a paid speaking event, contact him via email here.


Presenter (November 2017)
14th Annual TBTF Industry Achievement Awards, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida

Judge (September 2017)
Tampa Bay Business Journal CIO of the Year Awards, The Westshore Grand, Tampa, FL

Keynote (July 2017)
Economic Club of Tampa, Tampa, FL

Panelist (June 2017)
Lectora Tuesday, Entrepreneur Collaborative Center, Ybor, Florida

Interviewer: Follow the Capital with Travis Milks (May 2017)
PoweredUP Technology Festival, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida

Judge (April 2017)
2017 New Venture Expo, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida

How to Impact Your Startup Community with Brad Feld (February 2017)
Tampa Bay Startup Week, The Hip Room, Tampa, Florida

Presenter (October 2016)
13th Annual TBTF Industry Achievement Awards, Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: Tampa Bay’s Workforce (September 2016)
Tampa Bay Technology Forum Conference, Hilton Bayfront, St. Petersburg, Florida

Judge (August 2016)
Tampa Bay Business Journal’s CIO of the Year Awards, Straz Center, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: 2016 Tampa Bay Technology Workforce Study (July 2016)
Tampa Bay Technology Forum 2016 Technology Workforce Study, JPMorganChase & Co Tampa HQ, Tampa, Florida

Moderator: Entre/Intrapreneurship as a Career (June 2016)
Exploratory Labs, AgileThought HQ, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: Daniel James Scott (February 2016)
Eckerd College Graduating Seniors Entrepreneurship Course, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida

Keynote: Tampa Bay Technology Update (February 2016)
Clearwater Chamber Young Leaders, Clearwater Chamber, Clearwater, Florida

Judge (February 2016)
SEEC Student Pitch Competition, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: 2015 Accomplishments (November 2015)
12th Annual Industry Achievement Awards, A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida

Moderator: Innovation in Workforce Development (October 2015)
Florida Center for Cybersecurity 2015 Annual Conference, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: We are David (October 2015)
2015 Disruption Day Tampa Bay, District 3 Arts & Events, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: Business Model Canvas
Exploratory Labs, AgileThought HQ, Tampa, Florida

Moderator: Workforce Panel (September 2015)
TBTF Tech Trek Career Fair, A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida

Judge (August 2015)
352 Hackathon, 352 Tampa Office, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: Entrepreneurial Experiences with the Business Model Canvas (July 2015)
Thinking Like an Entrepreneur With the Business Model Canvas, Stavros Institute, Largo, Florida

Keynote: Technology, Tampa Bay and You (July 2015)
High School Entrepreneurial Bootcamp, Entrepreneur Collaborative Center, Ybor City, Florida

Keynote: Tech in Tampa Bay (June 2015)
Hillsborough County Young Democrats #LeadHillsborough Conversation, CoWork Ybor, Tampa, Florida

Moderator: Building Capacity with help from successful W/MBEs (June 2015)
Tampa Bay Diversity Business Expo, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida

Panel: The State of Technology in Tampa Bay (May 2015)
Centre Club Tech Talk, Centre Club, Tampa, Florida

Interview: Raising Your Profile Like a Baller (May 2015)
KPI Business Accelerator Series, KPI-USA Headquarters, Tampa, Florida

Moderator: Technology Driven Innovation for Your Business Growth (April 2015)
Clearwater Chamber’s BusinessYOU! Kickoff, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida

Panel: Entrepreneurship Education (April 2015)
3.0 Leaders Conference 2015, Bradenton Area Convention Center, Palmetto, Florida

Keynote: What does it take to be an entrepreneur (March 2015)
Exploratory Labs Boot Camp, TechData, St. Petersburg, Florida

Panel: STEM Roundtable (March 2015)
Mazda Motorsports, T.R. Robinson High School, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: Technology Update (March 2015)
Tampa Downtown Partnership, Downtown Tampa Hilton, Tampa, Florida

Panel: Artificial Intelligence as both job creator and destroyer and next steps for empowering entrepreneurs and innovators (March 2015)
Gasparilla Interactive Festival, Port Tampa Bay, Cruise Terminal #3, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: How To Win (February 2015)
Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida

Panel: What does Tampa Bay Mean to You? Community Leader Discussion (February 2015)
Tampa Bay Startup Week, Chase Basecamp, Tampa, Florida

Moderator: Big and Bigger: How to grow your startup from here… (February 2015)
83 Degrees Media’s Not Your Average Speakers Series, The Iron Yard, St. Petersburg, Florida

Panel: Public Policy & Entrepreneurship Outreach Pillar Session (January 2015)
USASBE 2015 Conference, Downtown Tampa Hilton, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: Entrepreneurship & Innovation (December 2014)
TUI Marine Leadership Session, Brio Tuscan Grille, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: Introduction of the Business Model Canvas (November 2014)
Pinellas County Schools Next Generation Entrepreneurs Student Session, FairWarning HQ, Clearwater, Florida

Panel: Entrepreneurs For Greenlight (October 2014)
Entrepreneurs For Greenlight, Kahwa Coffee, St. Petersburg, Florida

Keynote: How Innovators Take a Market Seemingly Overnight (October 2014)
Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Pitch VIP Event, Centre Club, Tampa, Florida

Officiant (October 2014)
Davis/Stewart Wedding, 1930 Grande Room, Tampa, Florida

Workshop: Advanced Business Modeling (September 2014)
ASBE 2014 National Conference, DoubleTree by Hilton, Memphis, Tennessee

Workshop: Introduction of the Business Model Canvas (September 2014)
Pinellas County Schools Next Generation Entrepreneurs Kickoff Event, Pinellas Education Foundation, Largo, Florida

Introduction: The 1s and 0s behind cyber warfare (August 2014)
TEDxTampaBaySalon, Studio @ 620, St. Petersburg, Florida

Workshop: Introduction of the Business Model Canvas (August 2014)
Pinellas County Schools Teacher Entrepreneurship Event, Pinellas Education Foundation, Largo, Florida

Workshop: Tampa Bay’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (June 2014)
Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC), Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida

Panel: How Do We Grow From Here? Nurturing The Tampa Bay Startup Culture. (May 2014)
83 Degrees Not Your Average Speakers Series, USFSP, St. Petersburg, Florida

Moderator: Exploring the Tampa Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (March 2014)
Entrepreneurship Education Project Conference 2014, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: Alorum (March 2014)
VenturePitch Orlando, The Abbey @Thornton Park, Orlando, Florida

Interview: Daniel James Scott (February 2014)
Startup Grind, Oxford Exchange, Tampa, Florida

Keynote: Alorum (January 2014)
1 Million Cups, Greenhouse, St. Petersburg, Florida

Keynote: Launching A Business Around WordPress (December 2013)
Barcamp Sarasota Lunch & Learn, Rev.el.ry Pub & Grill, Sarasota, Florida

Keynote: What’s Next? (November 2013)
Entrepreneurial Academy Graduation, St. Petersburg Museum of History, St. Petersburg, Florida

Workshop: Advance Business Modeling-Replacing the Business Plan As A Teaching Tool (October 2013)
ASBE 2013 National Conference, Four Points by Sheraton, New Orleans, Louisiana

Panel: Entrepreneur Panel (October 2013)
ASBE 2013 National Conference, Four Points by Sheraton, New Orleans, Louisiana

Keynote: Launching seoslides (September 2013)
BarCamp Tampa Bay, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Interview: Customer Development (September 2013)
Startup Weekend NEXT, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida

Judge (August 2013)
Miller Lite Tap The Future (Business Plan Competition), Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Keynote (August 2013)
LocalShops1 2013 Awards & Birthday Bash, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, Safety Harbor, Florida

Panel/Faculty (June 2013)
Creative Pinellas Academy, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, Florida

Judge (June 2013)
Startup Weekend Tampa, USF St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida

Keynote: you, ftw (April 2013)
Ignite Tampa Bay, Tampa Theatre, Tampa, Florida

Panel: Entrepreneurship at USFSP (March 2013)
Town & Gown, USF St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida

Workshop: Gazelle Lab & The Startup Ecosystem (February 2013)
Leadership St. Petersburg, ValPak HQ, St. Petersburg, Florida

Panel: Defining Social Entrepreneurship (February 2013)
Beyond Sustainability Conference, Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City, Florida

Judge (February 2013)
SEEC Student Pitch Competition, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida

Interview: The Genius Next Door: An interactive evening with the brightest minds in St. Petersburg (January 2013)
The Genius Next Door, Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

Workshop: Using the Business Model Canvas as a Methods Approach to Teaching Entrepreneurship (January 2013)
USASBE 27th Annual Conference, Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, California

Top 10 Tech Startups (November 2012)
Global Entrepreneurship Week, ALOFT Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida

Judge (October 2012)
Thrill St. Pete 2012 Costume Contest, St. Petersburg Pier, St. Petersburg, Florida

Startup Marketing Panel Moderator (October 2012)
BarCamp Tampa Bay 2012, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Best New Business Presenter (August 2012)
LocalShops1 2012 Awards & Birthday Bash, St. Petersburg Museum of History, St. Petersburg, Florida

Mentor (April 2012)
Startup Weekend Tampa, Microsoft HQ, Tampa, Florida

Startup Showcase (April 2012)
Social : Mobile : Payments | Conference & Exhibition, World Center Marriott Resort, Orlando, Florida

Judge (March 2012)
SEEC Student Pitch Competition, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida

Judge (March 2012)
Galway Girl Contest, Three Birds Tavern, St. Petersburg, Florida

Gazelle Lab (March 2012)
SBRN Monthly Meeting, Centre Club, Tampa, Florida

Member Roundtable: Leveraging Academic Programs to Advance Sustainable Entrepreneurial Communities (January 2012)
USASBE 26th Annual Conference, Marriott New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana

Creating a Technology Workforce Panel (December 2011)
TechVenture 2011, Hard Rock Live, Orlando, Florida

Gazelle Lab Pitch (November 2011)
Gazelle Lab Demo Day, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida

Do More Faster (August 2011)
Gazelle Lab Launch Day, St. Petersburg Chamber, St. Petersburg, Florida

Gazelle Lab Overview (July 2011)
Startup Weekend Tampa, Microsoft HQ, Tampa, Florida

Gazelle Lab Overview (June 2011)
SEIA Entrepreneurial Networking Breakfast, USFSP, St. Petersburg, Florida

The Value of Locating Your Practice Within the Right Community (Opening Keynote) (March 2011)
USF’s Operating Sustainable Health Care Practices: The Business Side of Medicine, Embassy Suites, Tampa, Florida

Founder/Host (2009-2010)
TECH Talk, Synovus Bank HQ, Tampa, Florida

5 Resolutions for 2010 (February 2010)
SEIA Entrepreneurial Networking Breakfast, USFSP, St. Petersburg, Florida

Business Panel (October 2009)
Small Business Resource Network, Centre Club, Tampa, Florida

Social Media for Attorneys (September 2009)
Fowler White Boggs, Fowler White Boggs HQ, Tampa, Florida

The Importance of Character in a Leader (September 2009)
National Society of Hispanic MBAs – University of South Florida, MOSI, Tampa, Florida

Social Media in Business (July 2009)
Tampa Bay Organization of Women in International Trade, USF Downtown Campus, Tampa, Florida

Marketing Metrics (July 2009)
Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Tampa, Florida

Social Media in Business (April 2009)
Westshore Alliance, Westshore Alliance, Tampa, Florida

Business Panel (April 2009)
HR Tampa, Tampa, Florida

International Trade 101 (March 2009)
International Business Summit, Tampa, Florida

International Trade Basics, Caribbean Opportunities (February 2009)
Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida

Strengthen Sales in Tough Economic Times (November 2008)
SEIA Entrepreneurial Networking Breakfast, USFSP, St. Petersburg, Florida

Business Panel (September 2008)
Graphic Design Tampa Bay Meetup Group, Tampa, Florida

Business Panel (April 2008)
HR Tampa, Tampa, Florida

Internet Strategy (February 2008)
SEIA Entrepreneurial Networking Breakfast, USFSP, St. Petersburg, Florida

Search Engine Optimization (June 2007)
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, Longboat Key, Florida

IT (October 2006)
Polk County Small Business Leadership Summit, Bartow Municipal Airport & Industrial Park, Bartow, Florida

New Venture Viability Analysis (September 2006)
ASBDC National Conference, Hilton Americas Hotel, Houston, Texas