The .CO Icons & Innovators Series showcases interviews with the big thinkers, crazy dreamers, rule breakers and risk takers who spend their days breaking through boundaries, creating new possibilities, and transforming current realities to build the future online – on .CO, of course!
Who is Kay Koplovitz?
Kay Koplovitz is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Springboard Growth Capital and the Co-founder and Chairman of Springboard Enterprises., a non-profit venture catalyst that has foster the investment of more than $7.4 billion in women-led firms. She is a seasoned investor and advisor to companies through all stages of growth. Koplovitz is the founder and former Chairman & CEO of USA Networks, which includes USA Network, the Sci-Fi Channel, and USA Networks International – today multi-billion dollar television cable television networks. She founded and led the company for 21 years before stepping down in 1998, at which time it was sold for $4.5 billion.
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Turning a great idea into a successful startup requires a lot of hard work…and coffee. It also means you end up wearing a lot of hats. From finding new funding to signing checks to posting tweets, you’ve got to learn how to multitask when you’re keeping costs low.
Thanks to the wide world of apps and the internet, today it has never been easier to act like a financial whiz or marketing pro until a bigger budget enables you to onboard new talent. Here are our favorite tools and resources for getting your startup off the ground in 2017. Read More >
Lori Anne is widely known for her work with .CO Internet S.A.S., where she worked with CEO Juan Diego Calle to transform the re-purposed .CO extension from a long shot startup into a prized asset that Neustar paid $109 million to acquire in 2014. However, her journey to success started long before that and in the worst possible circumstances. Read More >
When celebrating the heroes of technology and IT, men like Bill Gates and the Steve Jobs get the lion’s share of the glory. However, every computing technology innovation–whether programming code, transistors, personal computers or the internet–has been built by groups of people (usually by borrowing from past ideas).
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Like most things in life, it “takes a village” to succeed as a startup. Entrepreneurs are constantly breaking rules and making mistakes in an effort to drive their businesses forward. It’s common to be suddenly in situations where you “don’t know what you don’t know.” Yet you still have to stay in motion and make quick decisions.
The smaller your company, the faster you need to move, often without enough information to make the best choices. Without a savvy mentor as a guide, you may end up making crucial early mistakes that would have otherwise been avoidable.
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