Moderator: Scott Kurnit, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Keep Holdings
Scott Kurnit is the Founder and CEO of Keep.com and TheSwizzle.com. Each service shares the mission to improve the Internet by enabling consumers to engage in more delightful and productive interactions with the brands and products they care about. Keep is a leader in the new field of crowd-sourced social commerce while TheSwizzle enables users to manage commercial email overload by easily unsubscribing, aggregating desired brands into a daily digest and adding up to 1,400 brands to their digests with one click. Easy in, easy out.
Kurnit also founded and served as chairman and CEO of About, Inc. as it grew to a public market value of $1.7 billion and was the fifth largest of all Web properties. He sold About US to Primedia in 2001 for $724 million. About was then owned by the New York Times Company and was purchased by IAC in 2012.
Kurnit has founded four companies, all of which continue operating today. He holds four patents, led the team that embedded the first Web browser into an online service, started the first Pay Per View cable network, and co-led the team that implemented the first use of national caller ID. He was also the youngest program director in the PBS system and served as program director for Qube, the world’s first fully interactive cable system. He was president of Showtime Event Television when it generated the largest one night gross in the entertainment business and aired the first rock concert (broadcast in 70 countries) from the former Soviet Union. Kurnit serves on the boards of Keep Holdings, Appssavvy, Brightcove, The Paley Center for Media, The Mianus Gorge and Stein Eriksen Lodge. He has been a filmmaker, TV director, station program manager, marketer, and CEO. He has worked at the highest levels of Warner, Viacom, News Corp., PBS, IBM, and MCI companies.
As Chief Digital Officer of GroupM Global, Rob oversees the activities of the world’s largest buyer of online media with more than $5 billion in billings. In this role, he develops the digital capabilities within GroupM while establishing thought leadership positioning in the digital space and contributing to each agency’s business development.
Michael Zimbalist is Vice President, Research and Development Operations of The New York Times.