Dean Furman is a futurist, author, speaker and advisor. He is an actuary by profession and, in addition, is the founder and CEO of 1064 Degrees. This company is an innovative and business development advisory company. Recent clients include FNB, Absa, Nandos, Multichoice, Nedbank, Deloitte, Stanlib, INN8, Atlas Finance, Sasfin, Tiger Brands, Bidvest, Exclusive Books and Alexander Forbes. His latest book, Exponential Potential: So much more than a disruptive playbook focuses on actionable guidelines to help your business stay the course well into the future.
Dean has taken an incredible journey from a qualified actuary to an independent and successful businessman. Once qualified, Dean took what is considered the ‘normal’ route of working for a large corporate. However, once in the regimented corporate environment he soon learned that the role of an actuary was not his preferred choice of work after all.
Being a natural innovator, Dean found this profession very numbers orientated and stagnant, so he started leaning towards being more creative and innovative. Dean says that organisations need to look at rapid innovations taking place around them and become a key player within their industry through innovation.
In 2015, Dean moved from the corporate world into the world of innovation and took on projects that needed a ‘think-out-of-the-box’ mentality. Within a short two-year period, Dean learned valuable key lessons on how to grow, create and innovate.