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Helen Whelan

Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

15+ years operating and biz. dev. experience with a track record of creating 2 media companies from scratch and a TV network, CNNMoney.

15+ years operating and biz. dev. experience with a track record of creating 2 media companies from scratch and a TV network, CNNMoney.

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Involved In

Founder

Success TV
MyPrimeTime online video streaming & PBS TV production

Advisor

SeeYouLink

Positions

NYU Stern W.R. Berkely Innovation Lab and Aging 2.0 Accelerator Entrepreneurship Mentor November 2015 - present
Co-founder & CEO, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships Success TV 2004 - present
Co-founder and President, Entrepreneur, Strategic Partnerships MyPrimeTime online video streaming & PBS TV production 1999 - 2003
VP, Business Development CNN 1991 - 1999

Education

Loyola College in Maryland Executive
University of Florida Journalism. Minor: Economics

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Media
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Video
  • • Edutainment
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Content
  • • News
  • • TV

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Digital Media • Business Development • Business Strategy • Entrepreneurship • Online Video • Strategic Partnerships • Leadership Development

Key Accomplishments

I connect the dots and take a concept to execution through teams and strategic development. I've started three media companies:
*Two companies were created from scratch. One was venture-backed and was one of the first video streaming sites with two PBS television series. The other is focused on leadership and management video trainings.
*At a large company, I conceived of and created with a great multi-geographic team, CNNfn TV network and website that is now CNNMoney.

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

I like to ask a lot of questions to understand a business. I'm trying to understand the product, barriers to entry, business model and potential partners. I'm direct and believe that is the most helpful approach so time isn't wasted. I don't expect the company to always take my advice but I like seeing traction and ways to help them.

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Bruce Spatz
VP Strategic Development, Global Education, John Wiley and Sons. University of Wisconsin-Madison grad.
Christopher Coleman
We worked together  •  Owner representative/Consultant, Corporate Real Estate Advisor. Previously Global Real Estate and Project Management Lead, Dropbox.
Helen is a serial entrepreneur who loves to take a concept and make it real while building a great team. Always pressing boundaries and alwa ... ys curious-- she excels in creating new ventures, companies and deals. Helen is connected to so many experts across the startup and media landscape and she has tremendous passion in everything she pursues. We worked together at CNN where she pitched Ted Turner and built CNNfn (now CNN Money). She developed the web and TV business and made huge strides in creating partnerships that returned solid revenue. We faced many challenges together under tight financial pressure but we became stronger collaborators as a result. Since then, I've watched Helen mentor entrepreneurs and launch new businesses addressing adult education, the large aging population and the ever evolving media industry with a focus on video.

Bruce Spatz
VP Strategic Development, Global Education, John Wiley and Sons. University of Wisconsin-Madison grad.
Bruce is a fantastic entrepreneur/intrapreneur taking an online media brand into a new business... from scratch, building a team, structure ... and then creating a profitable new business line around education that he led to a global expansion. I see how he could replicate this for media companies wanting to create B2B businesses that don't want to rely on the vicious cycle of eyeballs and advertising.