11 Apr April 14, 2015 – USA Network & Sci Fi Channel Founder Kay Koplovitz & Wirkn w Derek Szeto
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Kay Koplovitz – Chairman of Koplovitz & Co, Founder of USA Network & Sci Fi Channel and Author of Been There, Run That
Kay Koplovitz started her amazing career by using geosynchronous orbiting satellites to broadcast the Thrilla in Manila between Ali and Frazier, opening the world to global communications. She launched the first satellite delivered basic cable network, USA Network, creating the two revenue stream model – advertising and licensing – that still exists today. It is the model that makes the cable networks so profitable. During her tenure, she built USA into the #1 ranking in prime time viewership among cable networks, for 13 consecutive years. The Company was sold in 1998 for $4.5 Billion and became a publicly listed company. Today, she is devoted to helping women build their companies and create jobs. As Chairman of Springboard Enterprises, the nation’s premier platform for connecting women with venture capital, Kay helped 481 companies raise over $5.5 billion in new capital. Springboard partners with Angel Funds, VC’s and corporations to grow great female owned companies that have yielded extraordinary growth levels and positive liquidity events for investors including IPO’s. Her latest passion is joining thought leaders at Singularity University and XPrize to brainstorm ways to bring technology innovation to commercial enterprise and better the lives of the 7 billion people around the globe. See Kay in action at TEDx here…
Derek Szeto – CEO of Wirkn
Derek Szeto is CEO and Founder of Wirkn, a mobile app for Apple iOS devices (Android support available now too!) that helps job seekers find job opportunities around them. Imagine walking in a mall, and seeing who is hiring and how to apply. Just download the app, create an account, and use the GPS to find opportunities around you. Users can apply with a video profile at any time, anywhere they are. He is working with a talented team to bring a mobile-first employment solution to life, focused on youth. The goal is to build a global platform to change the way the retail and hospitality industry recruits, trains, and engages workers. Derek was also founder of RedFlagDeals.com, which was acquired by the Yellow Pages Group in 2010. And, he is the Entrepreneur In Residence at Kinetic Café. See him on another show here….