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Robert Stephens

Geek Squad Founder & Former CTO of Best Buy

Geek Squad Founder & Former CTO of Best Buy

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Robert Stephens Biography

With $200, a bicycle and a subsequent collaboration with Best Buy, Robert Stephens transformed the small, cryptic world of tech support and made it glamorous and accessible, when he founded The Geek Squad in 1994. Charming and wildly insightful, with proven business savvy and an inspiring story of entrepreneurship, he captivates audiences with exciting perspectives on advancing technology, smart marketing and thoughtful business strategy, and what he thinks is the next “big thing.”

In 1990, Stephens left the Art Institute of Chicago to pursue his passion for all things technical and a degree in computer science at the University of Minnesota. As a student, he landed a job fixing computers at the Human Factors Research Laboratory and within three years, rose to head engineer. In 1994, he started a computer consulting business called The Geek Squad, which he grew until 2002, when he sold it to Best Buy. Since then, The Geek Squad has become the world’s preeminent tech support service, with over 20,000 global agents, with Stephens’ story featured by leading media outlets, including CNN, Newsweek, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone. Stephens served as CEO of The Geek Squad and CTO for Best Buy until 2012.

The author of The Geek Squad Guide to Solving Any Computer Glitch, Stephens was applauded for creating a manual using plain language, and demystifying the most commonly used hardware and software, including quick fixes to common glitches and smart maintenance advice.

Stephens offers stimulating insight on innovation, marketing, customer experiences and upcoming trends, and inspires audiences with what is possible when you have passion, $200 and a crazy idea!

Robert Stephens Speaking Topics

  • Beyond Social Media: The Sharing Economy

    Stephens offers fascinating insight on upcoming developments on and off the web, and reveals why he predicts that the biggest trend of the coming decade will be the "Sharing Economy,” outlining what that means for society and business and why he is betting on it.

  • The Geek Squad Saves the World

    What do you get when you take $200, a crazy idea and passion for all things technical? Learn how Stephens transformed the boring world of computer support and made it exciting and glamorous. This is a can’t-miss presentation, full of inspiring entrepreneurial spirit and valuable business tips, starring one Chief Inspector, 12,000 Double Agents and Geekmobiles, The Rolling Stones, The CIA, The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile and more than 5,000,000 messed up computers.

  • Marketing is a Tax You Pay for Being Unremarkable

    The best thing to happen to Geek Squad founder Robert Stephens is that he had no money or resources when he started his business. He explains why this was so valuable, touching on the origins of Geek Squad, the purposeful choice of a non-technical brand for a technology company, and all of the detailed decisions that made the company successful. From the cars, to the messaging, to the culture, he provides entertaining and encouraging insight on how starting out with nothing was the catalyst for creating his successful and unique brand.

  • Founder The Geek Squad

Robert Stephens Videos

  • Keynote Speaker: Robert Stephens • Presented by SpeakInc
  • Defrag 2011: Interview of Robert Stephens
  • A Conversation On Geek Squad Culture pt 1 of 2

Robert Stephens Books

  • The Geek Squad Guide to Solving Any Computer Glitch
    The Geek Squad Guide to Solving Any Computer Glitch

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Robert Stephens is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Beyond Social Media: The Sharing Economy, The Geek Squad Saves the World, Marketing is a Tax You Pay for Being Unremarkable and Founder The Geek Squad. The estimated speaking fee range to book Robert Stephens for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Robert Stephens generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Josh Linkner, Jon Steinberg, Jeff Taylor, Geoffrey Moore and Barbara Corcoran. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Robert Stephens for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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