"This is what I want for entrepreneurs, especially for women: to believe in themselves, to dream bigger, reach higher, and to achieve success beyond their wildest expectations." —Kay Koplovitz
Been There, Run That is an anthology of blog posts by thought leaders in technology, media, e-commerce and life sciences, curated by Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Network and chairman of Springboard Enterprises.
In 2000, Koplovitz co-founded Springboard as an accelerator for an expert network of women entrepreneurs. In their first six months, Springboard companies raised over $165 million in total funding, and nearly $200 million in their first year.
Now, fifteen years later, companies in the Springboard portfolio have raised over $6.5 billion and have had positive liquidity events for investors, including high-value acquisition and IPOs. Been There, Run That offers insights from dozens of Springboard alumnae and advisors on starting up, raising capital, fostering human capital, and setting company culture, an entrepreneurial tool chest. The e-book is being released to coincide with Springboard's fifteenth anniversary in January 2015.
For early-stage founders and aspiring entrepreneurs, seasoned business owners, and serial entrepreneurs who want tips on crowdfunding and new technologies, readers will find value in real-life advice from those who have truly "been there, run that."
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Kay Koplovitz, the founder of USA Network and first woman network president in television history, negotiated the first cable coverage contracts for sports franchises including the NBA, the NHL, and Major League Baseball. A true visionary, she designed the cable network business model still in use today.
After selling USA Networks in 1998, Koplovitz turned to venture capital funders to raise money for new business ideas. She found that over 95% of venture capitalists in America are male—and most of their money goes to men. To even the playing field, she co-founded Springboard Enterprises, an organization dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs break down the barriers to equitable venture capital funding. Alumnae from the Springboard program have become successful in all fields and have gone on to found companies that include Zipcar, ConstantContact, AgraQuest and iRobot.
Koplovitz is the author of Bold Women, Big Ideas.
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