• MEET STEVE DEAN

    ONLINE DATING CONSULTANT & SPEAKER

     

    Hi, I'm Steve, the founder and principle consultant at Dateworking.

     

    Creating connection is what I do. It’s what I live for. I host salons, dinners, meetups, and coworking sessions nearly every night of the week across multiple cities in order to bring people together from all over the world to share their stories and build new friendships. My greatest joy comes when I can connect people so perfectly that their newfound interactions send positive ripples into the world.

     

    On a daily basis, people ask me for advice on everything from dating, to job hunting, to personal development, to intimacy. I host workshops, salons, dinners, meetups, and coworking sessions nearly every night of the week across multiple cities in order to bring people together from all over the world to share their stories and build new friendships, startups, and movements.

     

    Since 2011, I have advised, recruited, and consulted for dozens of dating companies, including OkCupid, CoffeeMeetsBagel, Hinge, Spectra, and Happy Hour. I like to focus on competitive research, business development, user acquisition, team expansion, and my personal favorite: product/launch strategy!

  • Past Work

    iDate Dating Industry Conference

    Conference Speaker, 2014-Present

    Keynote sessions on mobile strategy, product innovation, and competitive landscapes across the dating and social networking categories.

    Courtland Brooks

    Special advisor & mobile expert, 2013-Present

    I partner up with the world's leading online dating consultancy to advise internet dating companies & service providers on industry best practices, competitive strategy, business development, new product features, and talent sourcing.

    Coffee Meets Bagel

    Guest blogger, 2012

    OkCupid

    Product Advisor, 2011-2012

    Performed an in-depth analysis of competing companies, assessed their potential for expansion in the U.S. market, and devised innovative approaches for maintaining a competitive edge; explored partnerships with NYC-based venues to develop engaging user events and outings

    Jobsuitors

    2011-2016

    I cofounded a career matchmaking platform that used algorithms inspired by online dating apps to help identify points of compatibility as well as red flags between jobseekers and their prospective employers. During its operation, Jobsuitors serviced over 75 employers and over 4,000 jobseekers.

  • Projects

    co-organizer, 2015-Present

    I co-run a biweekly series where we invite a fascinating speaker from somewhere in the world to come give a TED-style talk, about a topic in which they have unique niche experience, and then engage the audience with thematically-related activities. To date we've had 103 consecutive salons and grown our community to 4500+ individuals.

    Creator, experience designer, 2015-Present

    I run a monthly gathering of those who are new to NYC or simply looking to make new friends in their city. I invite about 750-1000 people each month, host the event out of a large food court, and facilitate conversation by passing around questions to spark authenticity on little sticky notes.

    VR World NYC

    Community architect, 2017

    In 2017 I helped creatives around the world ideate, incubate, and launch their artistic, technological, and socially impactful projects through a fellowship I co-designed called Liminal. The first project we shipped was VR World NYC, the hemisphere's largest virtual reality experience center.

    10 Plates Dinner Series

    Host, 2016-pRESENT

    I team up with a chef to host private 10-person dinners in which we invite the specific people we think could most benefit from knowing one another, then facilitate conversations designed to get them talking about the topics we believe would lead to the most creative synergy.

    100+ individual workshops

    2011-Present

    Clients include all ages, races, gender identities. LGBTQ-friendly

  • Testimonials

    “Steve ‘gets’ people. He has an intuitive ability to understand and appreciate others’ perceptions and expectations of the world even if their values and interests differ from his own. Steve also has a particular way of looking at systems and instinctively identifying how they could be made more efficient and effective. I’ve worked alongside him for two years and he’s one of the most creative and resourceful people I know.”
    ~ Serra Kornfilt

    "Steve is one of the most well-connected people I know. I can rely on him for domestic and international connections as well as innovative ideas around online community-building and an intuitive ability to connect likeminded professionals. If I want a close, personal connection, I turn to Steve and he always points me in the right direction."
    ~ Damian Tew

    "I usually try to quickly meet dozens or even hundreds of people at conferences and I'm focused on finding the best of the best. Steve is one of the most energetic, thoughtful, kind, nice and product savvy people I know in the social networking and dating space."
    ~ Vincenzo Belpiede

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