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Scott Kurnit

Scott Kurnit is the Founder and CEO of and Each service shares the mission to improve the Internet by enabling consumers to engage in more delightful and productive interactions with the brands and products they care about. Keep is a leader in the new field of crowd-sourced social commerce while TheSwizzle enables users to manage commercial email overload by easily unsubscribing, aggregating desired brands into a daily digest and adding up to 1,200 brands to their digests with one click. Easy in, easy out.

Kurnit also founded and served as chairman and CEO of About, Inc. as it grew to a public market value of $1.7 billion and was the fifth largest of all Web properties. He sold About US to Primedia in 2001 for $724 million. About was then owned by the New York Times Company and was purchased by IAC in 2012.

Kurnit has founded four companies, all of which continue operating today. He holds four patents, led the team that embedded the first Web browser into an online service, started the first Pay Per View cable network, and co-led the team that implemented the first use of national caller ID. He was also the youngest program director in the PBS system and served as program director for Qube, the world’s first fully interactive cable system. He was president of Showtime Event Television when it generated the largest one night gross in the entertainment business and aired the first rock concert (broadcast in 70 countries) from the former Soviet Union. Kurnit serves on the boards of Keep Holdings, Appssavvy, Brightcove, and The Paley Center for Media. He has been a filmmaker, TV director, station program manager, marketer, and CEO. He has worked at the highest levels of Warner, Viacom, News Corp., PBS, IBM, and MCI companies.

Scott, named one of Advertising Age’s annual “100 superstars of U.S. marketing,” has been inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement and won the prestigious Vanguard Award from the National Cable Television Association. He won an Emmy as producer of a weekly television news magazine; Upside recognized him as one of the “Elite 100” leading the digital revolution; and, he was cited three times as “a strategist to watch” by the Journal of Business Strategy.

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Company Date Round Size Participants
ShopPad 8/2013Seed$500k15
Smarterer 6/2011Seed$1.25M8
AdKeeper 9/2010Series A$8M10
Keep Holdings 9/2010Series A$8M10
Factual 2/2010Seed$1M14
Hot Potato 11/2009Series A$1.42M16
ChallengePost 6/2009Angel$500k10
Britely 6/2009Seed$500k4
appssavvy 10/2008Series A$3.1M3
SendMe 6/2006Series A$1.5M3
Surphace 4/2005Series A$500k9



  1. ShopPad Raises $500K To Instantly Turn Online Shops Into iPad-Friendly Websites ( [edit]
  2. Smarterer Raises $1.25M To Prove You’re Good At Anything In 60 Seconds Or Less ( [edit]
  3. “Stealth” Advertising Startup AK Networks Raises $8 Million ( [edit]
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  6. Hot Potato Raises $1.42 For Event Social Networking ( [edit]
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  9. appssavvy Raises $3.1 Million To Connect Social Media Developers, Advertisers ( [edit]
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