Female Internet Hero: Audio Interview with Dina Kaplan of Blip.tv

As part of our Female Internet Heroes series, and in conjunction with NCWIT (the National Center for Women & Information Technology), The NextWomen will be publishing audio interviews highlighting a diverse group of women innovators from small companies, larger corporations, and non-profits, whose ideas and products are changing the way we think, work, play, and communicate. Listen as these women discuss how they first became involved with tech, why they chose to be entrepreneurs and what advice they would give to young people interested in IT or entrepreneurship.

Dina Kaplan, Co-Founder of Blip.tv

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Dina KaplanDina Kaplan is the co-founder of blip.tv, overseeing business operations for the company, including media partnerships, advertising and sponsorship deals, distribution deals, PR, marketing and investor relations.

Blip.tv is the double Webby-award winning video sharing site focused on shows. It enables independent producers to create their own TV shows for the Internet, from scripted sitcoms and dramas, to journalists covering the war in Baghdad. In writing about online video sites, Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal recently wrote:

“My favorite is blip.tv.”

In 2008 Business 2.0 named blip.tv in a cover story as one of “25 start-ups to watch.”

Before blip.tv, Dina was an on-camera television reporter with WNBC in New York, Wave3 News (NBC) in Louisville Kentucky and News12 Long Island and New Jersey. As a news reporter, Dina won an Emmy and numerous Society of Professional Journalists Awards and Associated Press Awards.

Before reporting, Dina produced stories for MTV News about politics, technology and a range of musical acts. She also helped coordinate MTV’s political Choose or Lose coverage.

After graduating from college, Dina worked at the White House as Director of Research for the White House Counsel’s Office and then as Special Assistant to the Director of Presidential Personnel. During college, Dina worked at Rock The Vote, setting up a volunteer network of representatives that registered college students to vote around the country.

Dina graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Economics, Government, Philosophy and History. She sits on the National Board of Wesleyan University, is an Advisory Board Member of the Women’s Media Center, sits on the Advisory Board of the Aspen Institute Socrates Program and a member of the Producer’s Guild of America. Dina is a judge for the Webbies and the Interactive Media Awards.

Dina is also the creator and President of the New York Founders Club, LLC, a gathering of Internet founders designed to promote entrepreneurship in New York City.

Nb. This interview was originally aired in December 2008

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology. They are a coalition of more than 170 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in information technology (IT). NCWIT was established in 2004 with startup funding from the National Science Foundation, Avaya, Microsoft, Pfizer, Bank of America, Intel, HP, the Kauffman Foundation, and Qualcomm.

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