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How To Turn Your Ideas Into Reality - Susan Lyne (BBG Ventures), Rachel Tipograph (MikMak)


Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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After Work by WIE is an intimate salon series that highlights the work and careers of inspirational men and women, and engages them in a lively Q&A and general discussion about their work and career turning points. Sign up to our mailing list at


Whether you're an entrepreneur forging your own path or an intrapreneur wanting to stay creative and drive new ideas within your company, this panel will give you insights into how and why innovation is integral to your success and how to get your ideas funded and supported.


The Speakers

Susan Lyne - President of BBG Ventures

Susan Lyne is President of BBG Ventures, an early-stage investment fund for women-led tech start-ups. The AOL-seeded fund is focused on the consumer internet landscape, backing smart entrepreneurs who reflect and understand the consumers driving the fastest-growing areas of the internet.

Before launching BBG Ventures, Susan was CEO of AOL’s Brand Group from February 2013 to September 2014, where she oversaw AOL’s unique content brands including, TechCrunch, Engadget, Makers, StyleList, Moviefone and MapQuest.  From 2008-2013 she was CEO and then Chairman of Gilt Groupe, the innovative ecommerce company that pioneered flash sales in the United States.


Prior to that Susan spent three decades in the media industry. From 2004 to 2008 she served as President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), where she was named Publishing Executive of the Year by Advertising Age and received a Matrix Award from New York Women In Communications. From 1996 to 2004, Ms. Lyne held various positions at the Walt Disney Company and ABC, including EVP of Movies and Miniseries and later President of ABC Entertainment where she was responsible for the network’s primetime schedule, overseeing the development of shows including Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Grey’s Anatomy. Before joining Disney she was Managing Editor of New Times and The Village Voice and created and launched Premiere Magazine, serving as Editor-in-Chief and Publication Director for eight years.


Susan Lyne is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of and a director of Starz LLC.  Additionally, Ms. Lyne is a trustee of Rockefeller University and The New School, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



Rachel Tipograph - Founder, MikMak 

Rachel Tipograph considered herself amongst the digerati since the moment she became an eBay power user at 13. Forbes listed Rachel as one of its “30 under 30 Who Are Changing The World”, Marie Claire named her one of "The 50 Most Influential Women in America," Fast Company named her one of "The Most Creative People in Business", AdAge named her one of "The Most Creative People of The Year," AdWeek named her one of "The Young Influentials Shaping Business and Culture," Business Insider named her one of “New York Tech’s Coolest People", Refinery29 named her one of its "Rising Female Tech Stars," The Wrap named her one of "The 11 Change Agents Disrupting Hollywood," and LinkedIn named her one of its "Next Wave: Top Professionals 35 & Under."  After being the Global Director of Digital and Social Media at Gap where she oversaw strategy, implementation and measurement, Rachel traveled the world for 100 days and then founded MikMak, the first mobile video shopping network.



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