Karen CahnsqKaren Cahn: Digital Video Pioneer Creating Platforms for Women’s Conversations and Economic Growth
Founder & CEO, VProud
Twitter: @karencahn
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-cahn-55123323
Website: http://www.vproud.tv


Bio: Founder/CEO, VCommunity/VProud.tv. Previously GM, Aol On Originals; Head of Sales, YouTube Partners & Branded Entertainment; Head of Sales, CPG, Google

Innovating in Field of Work:

  • Founded VProud, a mobile-first, safe video platform for women to talk openly about sensitive topics that are important to them, giving users a choice to engage both publically and privately. Cahn often refers to VProud as “YouTube for women without the Trolls.”
  • Online Harassment and Trolling: VProud.tv was created as a reaction to both research and personal experience with negativity and harassment of female creators, writers, and activists on social media.
  • With the success of VProud.tv, white labeled the platform and launched VCommunity, a video blogging platform and CMS for brands, so other websites could host safe video communities of their own.

Impact:

  • VProud responsible for hundreds of original videos, and millions of views, all produced by women and promoting the Female Creative Economy.
  • Awarded 2016 Women’s History Month Google Grant for original video series You’re Not Crazy —focused on mental health—received over 1.3M views
  • High quality information sharing, fellowship and exchange of ideas – freedom to be honest and engage openly due to privacy and filtering features
  • Emmy and Webby-nominations
  • Invest in high-growth women-led companies through involvement in Springboard Media Council

Role Model:

  • Board of Advisors, Girl Rising (girls education in developing countries)
  • Full-fledged supporter of female creative economy, pays her employees fairly, promotes salary transparency
  • Teaches and mentors employees, encouraging flexibility to pursue passions

Reinvention / Risk / Momentum:

  • Applying foundational knowledge and digital video expertise on a smaller and more focused level, to help specific communities to have more open and honest conversations through VCommunity, a video blogging platform.
  • Continually expanding and adapting expertise in rapidly changing tech sector.