Here’s Where To Find The Big Ideas In Media The Paley Center for Media and Springboard Enterprises Announce The Companies To Be Showcased at the ALLTHINGSMEDIA Venture Capital Forum
Friday, October 24, 2008
New York, NY—The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) in partnership with venture-catalyst Springboard Enterprises has announced the companies to be showcased at ALLTHINGSMEDIA. This is the first venture capital forum where active angel, venture, and corporate investors get a preview of twenty-two women-led media companies who offer the most promising innovations in the media sector today. This unique forum will be held on October 30, 2008, at The Paley Center for Media in New York.
ALLTHINGSMEDIA is Springboard’s eighteenth venture forum as well as an extension of the Paley Center’s She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio initiative (shemadeit.org), which was launched in 2005 to identify and recognize women who have made an indelible mark on the world of media.
“Over the last three years, She Made It has recognized the contributions of 150 remarkable women who’ve broken boundaries in all aspects of the media, from the development of content to the launch of major businesses,” said Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “With ALLTHINGSMEDIA, we have connected some of today’s most influential women in media to coach these twenty-two innovative women entrepreneurs. Despite the situation on Wall Street, we hope this forum will help these women gain access to the capital and contacts they need to fuel groundbreaking businesses in new media.”
“Springboard has had a phenomenal record of recruiting and showcasing great companies that deliver positive returns to their investors,” stated Kay Koplovitz, chairman of Springboard Enterprises. “We’ve come a long way from the days when cable was the new frontier and now ALLTHINGSMEDIA is the forum to discover the newest innovations in media.”
Over one hundred companies applied to take part in ALLTHINGSMEDIA. The entrepreneurs selected for this year’s venture program represent a wide range of opportunities across the expanding media category, including a highly personalized interactive advertising channel for mobile devices; a cross-media audio platform enabling user-generated content; an online story book publishing platform; a leading provider of real-time and predictive traffic data; a novel mechanism for monetizing social media communities and revolutionizing product launches; and a consumer qualified movie production and promotion platform.
A complete list of Presenting Companies is below.
Amika Mobile Corporation
Click Communities, LLC
Collectors’ Quest, Inc.
digital SIDEBAR, Inc.
The Franklin Report
Information Development Consultants, Inc. (iDC)
Istari Technologies, LLC
Ladies Who Launch, Inc.
QLD Learning, LLC
TrafficCast International, Inc.
The selected companies attended a working “Boot Camp” at Google in New York in July to kick off the intensive coaching process. They were then assigned a coaching team comprised of Springboard alumnae, venture capitalists, lawyers, top media executives with the Paley Center’s Trustees, She Made It Honorees and committee members including Kay Koplovitz, Koplovitz & Co. LLC (Honoree 2006); Pat Mitchell, The Paley Center for Media (Honoree 2005); Inez Aimee (Honoree 2006); Loreen Arbus (Honoree 2006); Betty Cohen (Honoree 2007); Barbara Corday (Honoree 2005); Rosemary DeVito, KPMG LLP; Patricia Fili-Krushel, Time Warner Inc. (Honoree 2006); Ralph Guild, Interep; Bonnie Hammer, USA Networks and SciFi Channel (Honoree 2007); Linda Kaplan Thaler, The Kaplan Thaler Group; Scott Kurnit, Kurnit, Inc.; Geraldine Laybourne, formerly of Oxygen Media (Honoree 2005); Susan Lyne, Gilt Group; Nancy Malone (Honoree 2007); Sharon Patrick, Patrick Partners, Inc.; Alan Patricof, Greycroft Partners, LLC; Lucie Salhany (Honoree 2007); Marlene Sanders (Honoree 2005); Terri Santisi, TMS International LLC; Susan Stamberg, National Public Radio (Honoree 2006); and Marlo Thomas (Honoree 2006).
Corporate and Venture Funds who have registered for this year’s forum include Ascend Venture Group; The Carlyle Group, LLC; CBS, Inc.; Google, Inc.; Hearst Interactive Media; NBC Universal, Inc.; Sun Microsystems, Inc.; Time Warner, Inc.; and The Walt Disney Company; among others. A complete list of Venture Partners planning to attend as of today is below. Interested companies wishing to attend ALLTHINGSMEDIA can still register at www.springboardenterprises.org.
The Corporate and Venture Partners participating in the 2008 ALLTHINGSMEDIA Venture Capital Forum include:
Ascend Venture Group, LLC
Cablevision Systems Corporation
The Carlyle Group, LLC
The Cheyenne Group
Credit Suisse Group
DeSilva & Phillips, LLC
FirstMark Capital, LLC
Genesys Partners, Inc.
Greycroft Partners, LLC
Gruppo, Levey & Co.
Hachette Filipacchi Media
Hearst Interactive Media
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Lifetime Television Network
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
NBC Universal, Inc.
New York Angels
New York City Investment Fund
Phenomenelle Angels Fund I, LLP
PhilQuo Ventures LLC
Rho Capital Partners, Inc.
RRE Ventures, LLC
Solera Capital, LLC
Spectrum Equity Investors
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Time Warner, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
The partner sponsor of ALLTHINGSMEDIA is Maybach. The promoter sponsors are Cablevision Systems Corporation, Covington & Burling LLP, E.Factor, Google, Merrill Lynch, Mintz Levin, NBC Universal, The NewsMarket, American Express OPEN, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sun Microsystems, and The Theodore & Renee Weiler Foundation. The contributor sponsors are Fish & Richardson P.C., Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, PPTshare, SoftBank Capital, Solera Capital LLC, and Sputnik, Inc. The university partners are the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs at The Wharton School.
About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.
At the center of She Made It is a unique collection of television and radio programming created by women. This landmark initiative is creating a permanent record of the vital contributions female television and radio creators and executives have made to our culture. Over 1,500 hours of programming have been collected to date, compiled both from the Paley Center’s existing collection of more than 140,000 programs and from new acquisitions. The She Made It archives are available for viewing and listening at both Paley Center locations in New York and Los Angeles. Public events highlighting the work of leading women in the industry and an interactive website (www.shemadeit.org) support this valuable collection.
Venture-Catalyst Springboard Enterprises is the go-to organization for information about and support for emerging growth ventures led by women. Springboard educates, showcases, and supports women entrepreneurs as they seek equity capital and build their businesses. The 360 companies that have been showcased at Springboard forums have raised over $4 billion in equity, grants, and corporate investments to date. (www.springboardenterprises.org)