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DJ Francis

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Denver Area, US

VP, Content Strategy. Dog person. Looking for any excuse to move to Denver/Boulder.

VP, Content Strategy. Dog person. Looking for any excuse to move to Denver/Boulder.

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14 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Marketing
I don't yet have an idea I'm excited about
Part-time now, full-time if it takes off

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Marketing

Involved In

Positions

Strategy Director Kapost November 2014 - present
VP, Content Strategy Imagination Publishing December 2012 - November 2014
Content Strategy Director Critical Mass March 2009 - December 2012
Content Strategist Siren Interactive August 2007 - March 2009
Marketing Manager The American Prospect December 2005 - May 2007
Online Marketing Coordinator Common Cause March 2003 - November 2005

Education

Lancaster University Contemporary Literary Studies 2000 - 2001
The College of Wooster English and political science 1996 - 2000
Canfield High School English Language and Literature, General 1992 - 1996

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Product
Advisor With
  • • Software
  • • Software development
  • • Software Architecture and Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Games
  • • Green
  • • Media
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Travel
  • • Content
  • • Comic books

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Content marketing • Digital marketing • Content strategy • Copywriting • Digital Strategy

Key Accomplishments

I've run the gamut in terms of content marketing and content strategy, including huge projects for USAA, Humana and others, as well as side consulting gigs. If it deals with content - digital, print, social - I know how to plan for and produce the best stuff.

NOTE: My wife and I are currently trying to move to Denver/Boulder, so opportunities in Colorado are welcome!

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Hard work, good attitude, smarts.

As an Advisor

I'm happy to help however I can. We just had a kid, so I might need to reply to emails at night or on weekends.

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Michael Faddis
We worked together at Critical Mass
DJ is a business leader, innovator of new ideas, and business processes. He has great management skills and strong team building abilities a ... s a leader towards successful entrepreneurship.
Siouxzi Donnelly
They're my school
While I only selected three above, it doesn't fail to acknowledge his other qualities. He is driven to succeed and does so with a thoughtful ... approach, an open ear, and considerate and refined communication skills. His ability to lead others is inspiring and he's excellent at rallying people to his cause.
Bryan Forbes
We worked together at Critical Mass
Driven, super smart and alway pushing things forward is how DJ is.
David Lowrie
We worked together at Critical Mass
DJ brings passion to everything he does. You won't find anyone more dedicated to driving true performance with smart and practical applicat ... ions of content strategy.
Justin
They're my friends
DJ has a diverse range of professional experiences matched with the natural charisma and compelling, positive energy that is essential to fi ... nding the right vision, forging a path and attracting a team of bold thinkers to execute on an idea. His ability to think strategically and lead a team will be essential to founders with complimentary skills. While I am not fully aware of DJ's technical capabilities, I believe he fits the description of someone who sits between the Hustler and the Hipster - though he doesn't come with any of the negative characteristics oft associated with the latter.
Justin
They're my friends
DJ possesses the charisma, positive energy and professional experience to take an idea from inception to reality by thinking strategically a ... nd attracting the right talent. He has proven himself in the corporate world. With that knowledge and network and by bringing his Hustler and Designer strengths to the table, he is sure to be an asset to small teams in need of strategic thinking and leadership.
Celia Jones
We worked together at Critical Mass
DJ is smart, driven and passionate--signature qualities of a successful entrepreneur. When we worked together at Critical Mass, he was tenac ... ious in building out the Content Strategy discipline: convincing our Executive team that Content was a valuable and growing field in our industry; selling them on the need for investment in the practice; and building revenue opportunities within key client accounts. He takes initiatives, rolls up his sleeves, and most importantly, inspires teams to believe in the cause. He is tenacious, working within the system when needed, and pushing the boundaries of our organizational comfort zone when required. I respected DJ as a colleague with an exceptional work ethic, a mentor to junior staff, and someone with genuine integrity. I'd vouch for him in a heartbeat!
Celia Jones
We worked together at Critical Mass
DJ is smart, driven and passionate--signature qualities of a successful entrepreneur. When we worked together at Critical Mass, he was tenac ... ious in building out the Content Strategy discipline: convincing our Executive team that Content was a valuable and growing field in our industry; selling them on the need for investment in the practice; and building revenue opportunities within key client accounts. He takes initiatives, rolls up his sleeves, and most importantly, inspires teams to believe in the cause. He is tenacious, working within the system when needed, and pushing the boundaries of our organizational comfort zone when required. I respected DJ as a colleague with an exceptional work ethic, a mentor to junior staff, and someone with genuine integrity. I'd vouch for him in a heartbeat!
Dave Francis
They're my mentor
DJ is very creative, an independent thinker, persuasive, and one who can readily communicate his ideas
Dave Francis
They're my mentor
DJ is very creative, an independent thinker, persuasive, and one who can readily communicate his ideas
Alison Fraker
We worked together  •  Director, Social Media Strategy and Creative, Walton Isaacson. Previously Senior Social Planner - Strategist, Critical Mass.
DJ is a natural leader. He brings a strong strategic perspective and leadership to every project that he encounters. His ability to weed thr ... ough extremely complex business challenges to identify key needs and deliver clear, concise solves to is second to none. He's an asset to every team he's on and a wonderful person to work with.
Bill Ross
We worked together  •  Big Brand SEO Web Designer & Content Strategist who's now using his powers to help small business. Founder @LinchpinSEO, Golfer, Tea Snob.
DJ is a thought leader in the field of content strategy and content marketing. His depth of knowledge and ability to teach his skills to oth ... ers would make him a great advisor.
Diane Yamazaki
We worked together  •  Associate Program Director, Huge and Senior Project Manager, Huge. Northwestern grad.
DJ understands people, how they think, what motivates them, and why they do what they do. He is that person who can enter a room with a bunc ... h of strangers and come out an hour later with an idea, a roadmap and quite a few new friends. I'm so grateful to have had the chance to work with DJ directly. He brings a certain spark to a conversation that is only enhanced by his intellectual prowess. He of course understands content strategy, but more than that he understands what it is about content that connects people. You're never going to go wrong by adding DJ to your team. If you're smart, you'll ask him to lead it.
Chris Templeton
We worked together  •  Brand Strategist, Qualitative Research and Idea Consultant, Contract/Freelance. Previously Planning Director, Critical Mass.
Smart, attentive, understand business objectives and consumer mindsets

Justin Davey
We worked together
Justin is a really smart guy who is going places. I don't know where, but he's one of those types of people you want to purchase stock in be ... cause you know some day it is going to pay off. We met when we were both at other jobs, but recognized a similar passion, especially for content and content management. I consider him a knowledge resource and am sure he will be a great entrepreneur.

Justin Davey
We worked together
Justin is talented, connected and ambitious. I suspect he would make an excellent entrepreneur.

Len Kendall
CoFounder & CEO, CentUp. Previously Director, Digital, GolinHarris. Purdue grad.
Len is super smart, connected and a personal friend. I can't say enough good things about Len. He's the bee's knees.

Diane Yamazaki
We worked together  •  Associate Program Director, Huge and Senior Project Manager, Huge. Northwestern grad.
Diane is one of those people who just "gets it." She's super smart and driven, but she also wants to bring others along, so she is collabora ... tive and inclusive. If I could buy stock in Diane, I would in a heartbeat. She does amazing stuff already and it's only gonna get amazing-er as she grows in her career.