Dean worked in Hollywood in the 70's in a variety of production and post-production roles on feature films, commercials, movies for TV and the original Hawaii 5-0 TV series. Then he got into software, the Internet happened, and he got a little distracted. Until recently Dean spent decades managing R&D teams at Microsoft where he once had the opportunity to meet with James Cameron and connect him with Microsoft's 3D researchers in the making of Avatar, but otherwise had little connection with the film industry. Instead he spent his time on activities like arguing with Bill Gates, incubating future technologies, and leading a team in Beijing to develop the first version of Excel for the iPad. Dean is interested in the intersection of filmmaking, psychology and technology to move minds and hearts. He is currently leading a startup, VRAINIUM, that uses Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help companies develop inclusive leaders and effective teams.
Unique traits: Besides behind the scenes work on TV and motion picture productions in Hollywood, and several decades working in software, Dean has appeared in commercials in mainland China, volunteered as a missionary on the French Riviera and in Switzerland, served as a Special Deputy Sheriff in California, and worked as a research scientist while studying psychology at UCLA. While on the Search and Rescue team Dean produced and directed a promotional short narrative for the team and jumped out of a helicopter without a parachute--not at the same time.