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Kym McNicholas

Kym McNicholas is an Emmy Award winning reporter (3x Emmy nominated), with 18 years experience in broadcasting. She has spent most of her career in finance and technology, most recently at Forbes.

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  • Lack of global Internet penetration impacts Khan Academy expansion

    In 2006, MIT and Harvard Business School graduate Salman Khan was just trying to help his cousins with their studies by sending them video tutorials. He never would’ve imagined that seven years later, millions of children around the world would be watching those videos using Khan Academy to supplement their lessons. Some schools  have even adopted his curriculum. And the lessons now go far beyond the initial verticals of science and mathematics. If you’re looking to learn to code, Khan…
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    Drink up! Here’s a new way to share your story

    Everyone I know in media is buried in press releases. We receive hundreds of them by email each day despite all the articles and blog posts that claim, “The Press Release Is Dead.” Not to say we don’t want to know what’s new. It’s just that it’s tough to sift through all of them. So, when an account executive at a PR agency sends a personal note offering a very different approach to sharing their clients’ stories, it gave me a…
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    Got sick? Get a Doctor On Demand at your desk.

    Nine months ago entrepreneur and angel investor Zak Holdsworth introduced me to WellnessFX, which provides analysis and data visualizations of your blood. Users receive customized blood tests and clinical advice when they want it. No need to sit on hold for an hour waiting to book my next open appointment, or bug my doctor for the results of my blood work. WellnessFX is part of the next wave of health innovation, which places more information into the hands of…
  • From Draper U to IndyCar: A 19-year-old entrepreneur asks Silicon Valley to help her win the Indy500

    A 19-year-old Draper University graduate is using what she learned from venture capitalist Tim Draper to help her drive in the Indianapolis 500. In 2014, Collete Davis was invited to join one of the most prestigious names in Indy racing, but the team doesn’t pay for her training. She has to come up with $750,000 not only to pay for her ride but to build her brand (www.chasingindy.com). Branding is key to success in racing. Much of the cash…
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    What does achieving a big milestone get you at Scribd? An equally big office perk.

    Scribd, which one month ago launched a subscription plan to allow users to download an unlimited number of books for $8.99 per month, has hit a big milestone: 1 million books bookmarked by users. To celebrate this latest milestone, the company, founded in 2007, built a gym in its San Francisco office, which it has added to a rock climbing wall, go carts, oh, and a zip line that runs straight into a kid’s swimming pool filled with balls…
  • KPCB’s John Doerr reveals Twitter’s Leonardo da Vinci

    During our May PandoMonthly event in San Francisco, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ John Doerr told Sarah that the new currency is engineers, and that Twitter’s former Vice President of Engineering, Mike Abbott, is the “Leonardo da Vinci” of this era. It was during a conversation about how Venture Capitalists can be successful coming into a deal at any stage of a company, that is, if they’re good enough. Doerr believes that VCs never make a lot of money by cutting…
  • Bill Gurley: Why I see great value in Twitter

    We are counting down to Twitter’s IPO, but should you buy or not? In a rare conversation about his investment in Twitter during our PandoMonthly On July 26th, Benchmark’s Bill Gurley explained why he believes the social network’s public offering won’t flop like Facebook’s did. He said that the company, in 140 characters or less, is of value to users, advertisers, and investors. Take a look:
  • Evox Television: Content that’s paid for or is it paid-for-content?

    When I was in sixth grade a substitute teacher led a classroom-wide discussion about “The Cosby Show” from the night before. Everyone in the class seemed to have watched the episode but me. Ten years later I saw my former teacher at a local grocery store, and she remembered me as the girl whose parents wouldn’t let her watch primetime television. I guess we were abnormal focusing on family time and homework. Today, I’m making up for lost time, watching…
  • Why Google should tango with Tango

    A year and a half ago I predicted that Google would buy free voice, video, and texting app, Tango. It didn’t happen. But you know what? It should have. Why? Because it’s only going up in value. In April the company closed a $40 million round of funding, bringing its grand total to nearly $100 million. At that time, it had 45 million registered users. Celebrating its third anniversary this week, Tango reported its registered userbase has jumped to…
  • Where bitter rivals in the National League West find common ground

    Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants don’t get along, so it was a bit disconcerting to see officials from the two teams hanging out. Yet here were the head of IT for two of the biggest rivals in Major League Baseball in the same suite, looking for the same thing: truly wireless wifi, sharing notes on how to improve the  internet experience at their respective stadiums. For Ralph Esquibel, the Dodgers’ VP of Information Technology, the problem has to…

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