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Kay Koplovitz
Kay Koplovitz Founder of USA Network, and Chairman and CEO of Koplovitz & Co. LLC. Kay Koplovitz is the Founder of USA Network, a company launched in 1977, and later expanded to introduce the Sci-Fi Channel and USA Networks International. Ms. Koplovitz served as Chairperson & CEO until the company was sold for $4.5 Billion in 1998. Presently, Ms. Koplovitz is the Chairman of the Board of Fifth & Pacific Cos (Formerly Liz Claiborne). Fifth & Pacific includes the power brands Juicy Couture, Kate Spade and Lucky Brand. She is also a board member of Computer Technologies (CA Technologies) and ION Media. She has served on the boards of Oracle, Nabisco, Instinet and General Re.

Ms. Koplovitz created Springboard Enterprises which was launched in 2000 to raise venture capital for women entrepreneurs. Since its inception, Springboard Enterprises has Companies selected and presented by Springboard Enterprises have raised over $5.5 Billion and have had positive liquidity events for investors, including IPOs. She is also the co-founder of Boldcap Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early and mid-stage technology, media and health sciences companies. She is the author of, Bold Women, Big Ideas (May ’02), which she wrote to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs to create wealth through equity. Ms. Koplovitz is a frequent speaker and contributor on media, capital formation, corporate governance and leadership.

Entries by Kay Koplovitz

Disruptors Break Through the Clutter

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 12:01 PM

I want to focus the lens on leaders who I admire. The common characteristic among my ever growing list of notable leaders is that they are creating something others have not seen to do, and often do this against stiff odds.

When Dr. Molly Coye graduated from the Johns Hopkins...

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One Year After Title II And Equity Crowdfunding

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 11:34 AM

Equity Crowdfunding at Year One. What's the Impact?

A total of 534 out of 3,361 companies successfully hit their equity crowdfunding target in year one, thank you Title II of the JOBS Act. According to Crowdnetic, $217.7 million equity capital was raised, which averages $407,685 per company. Despite...

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Is Your Idea Ready For A Fashion Tech Lab?

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 3:09 PM

There has been a great deal written about fashion technology, everything from wearables to fit design, customization, manufacturing and social media marketing. The list is endless and incorporates, cloud computing, predictive analytics, 3D printing and much more. There are fashion labs springing up around the country even around the globe,...

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Funding Women Entrepreneurs, Is Crowdfunding the Future?

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 1:45 PM

Crowdfunding is a hot topic these days, as the JOBS Act Title II provisions opened the market to accredited investors and allowed companies and funds to raise capital through general solicitation to the market. It is not surprising that several...

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Celebrate Women's Impact on the Economy and Social Good This Week in Silicon Valley

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 11:44 AM

This is a great week to be in San Francisco and Silicon Valley to celebrate the impressive impact women are having on technology, the economy and the social impact these elements bring to the lives of others. You can join the confluence of...

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Money Talks - Women's Buying Power Starts to Reflect in the Boardroom

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 5:07 PM

The Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI) study, regarding the percentage of women-held board seats in retail and consumer products companies, was released this week and brought a bit of good news for the cause of parity on corporate boards. This global study included the...

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2013 Empact Showcase: Youthful Entrepreneurs Propel Future of Our Economy

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 1:28 PM

The future of our country depends on our constant innovation, our investment in research, education, infrastructure and people. It's the emphasis on people that I want to call attention to now. I believe strongly in the power of human capital, what we each bring to the table, and how we...

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It's Not About Checking the Box, Dick -- It's Just Good Business!

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has been under attack for putting forth a proposed board for the company's IPO that is comprised of seven men. The fact that no women are being nominated probably shouldn't be shocking since 49 percent of publicly traded technology companies...

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SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom Calls for National Task Force

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 8:05 PM

The past decade has been one of off and on again dialogue regarding diversity in the corporate boardroom. There is plenty of evidence that a diversified boardroom leads to better corporate performance. At the SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom, September 20th this year, the conclusion is that...

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Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Diana Nyad

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 11:20 AM

Almost nobody believed it could be done. Nobody, that is, except Diana Nyad. She swam the Florida Straits, all 110 miles of it, 52 hours and 54 minutes of painful stroking though shark-invested waters filled with stinging jellyfish, undaunted by their challenge, unwavering through threatening squalls,...

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Young Entrepreneurs: Why I Find Hope Among Them

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Young entrepreneurs bring something very special to the innovation market. What do you think that is? Is it their naïveté, their enthusiasm or their boundless energy? It is all of these things and more. When I meet up with these young entrepreneurs what strikes me most is their relentless pursuit....

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Funds Are Gearing Up for General Solicitation of Accredited Investors -- Are You Ready?

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 11:06 AM

There is so much excitement in the air about finally implementing Title II of the JOBS Act, permitting general solicitation of accredited investors. You can just hear the engines starting up now. Venture funds, private equity funds, even hedge funds are preparing to market their funds to accredited...

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Company Culture Is Yours to Set, Consider it Wisely

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 8:54 AM

I learned my lesson about company culture at the Communications Satellite Corporation in my first corporate job after graduate school. I had written my Master's Thesis on satellites and their potential impact on the communications business in 1968. Geosynchronous satellites were only put into orbit a couple years earlier and...

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The 'Women' Effect: Women Have More Influence on Men's Behavior Than Previously Thought, and It's Changing Corporate America

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 4:29 PM

Fairly early in my career in the '80s as the founder and CEO of USA Networks, I would often be asked by journalists what it was like to be a CEO in the land of men. We were heavily in the sports business then, and yes, it's fair...

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Own Your Voice: A Businesswoman's Most Effective Tool

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 11:19 AM

"If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman." This tongue-in-cheek statement was spoken by the late "Iron Lady" Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and pioneer for women in politics. She was also well-known for her...

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Today Is the 40th Anniversary of Title IX: Let's Celebrate as It Propels Women to Leadership

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 6:17 PM

Today is a day to celebrate Title IX, the landmark legislation passed 40 years ago that gives women equal access to all fields of education. So many people recognize Title IX for what it has done for women in sports. Tonight, ESPN airs a special called

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Ungrounded Unleashes Dynamic Innovation: Four Teams Top Competitors to Create STEM Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 4:02 PM

It may have seemed like a wild idea when it was proposed a year ago, but the British Airways Ungrounded flight from San Francisco to London with over 100 innovators on board produced some remarkable results. Four broad challenges were set up under four teams, Altitude. Ground Control,...

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We Need More Women in STEM: The Competition for Solutions Takes Flight

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 12:57 PM

On June 12th, 100 people from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) along with leaders in academics, entrepreneurs and investors will board BA Flight named "Ungrounded" in San Francisco bound for London. Our task: to work during the 10-hour flight in teams to create solutions for STEM...

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To Succeed in the 21st Century, Leaders Need to Apply 'Exponential Thinking'

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 11:55 AM

I just returned from Singularity University hosted by Jim Gianopulos, Chairman & CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment at Fox Studios. Leading technologists and life science innovators such as Craig Venter, Founder, Chairman & CEO, JCV, and Dr. Dan Berry, Co-Chair Al & Robotics, among others, presented their...

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Stiletto Network: The Emerging Power of Women's Human Capital

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 11:34 AM

You can really capture the emerging power being wielded by women using their human capital networks in the world of business and power in Pamela Ryckman's just released book: Stiletto Network: Inside the Women's Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business. It is coming "on the heels" (pun...

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