Dan Russell is a high-powered, ambitious visionary who founded Kiss Ventures, a digital marketing agency focused on product launches. He recently moved to Summit County to snowboard, mountain bike and grow his company.
Find out more about Dan, why he joined ELEVATE Breck and his passion for using technology to improve humanity.
What do you do (for work, life and play)?
I run the vision and high-level ops for my business and love to spend time outdoors. I’ve taken up snowboarding this season (been a skier my whole life but already love boarding more 🙂 and mountain biking in the warmer months.
What’s your vision/goal for the next year?
Double revenue each quarter. We crossed the 6-figure mark in 2016 so we’re ramping up sales and team-growing initiatives. The whole company is virtual so I’m also really focused on building a strong team culture.
Why did you move to Summit? How long have you been here?
Loved the area and the community. Been here for about 3 months
What motivates you?
Using technology to improve humanity. I have an exponential technology-focused philanthropic community that I manage on Facebook that was borne out of a think tank I ran in NYC in partnership with the Xprize foundation. All of the operations of my company are aimed at sending a portion of our financial profits to that community
What’s your biggest challenge?
Systematically measuring and improving my performance as a leader
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
So many things. Coffee, for one. More philosophically, the challenge of growing a team and scaling the business
What’s your “WHY” in life or for work?
I’m on this earth to leverage emerging technology to improve humanity. That means starting and scaling multiple technology businesses that have humanitarianism built into their operational DNA
How do you manage setbacks or obstacles?
Getting out of my own head through meditation and sports, then returning with a fresh set of eyes and ab abundance mindset
Why work at a coworking space?
What’s your secret sauce or superhero power or secret weapon?
I’m a visionary so I naturally gravitate to conversations (or unconsciously push conversations toward) peoples’ life purpose and how they’re achieving it. I have a “mechanical” mindset as well, so I’m great at putting processes/plans behind large and ridiculous visions.