Innovators: Turner Broadcasting Senior Director, Sandy Khaund

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Innovators. They come in many forms. They dream big but they aren’t just dreamers. They form raw ideas into cool products with disruptive business models. They shatter entire industries and leave established leviathans running scared with their tails between their legs. The Innovators interview series connects you with the most driven people on the planet. What makes them tick? What advice do they have for tech founders? What tools do they use to get the job done? Read on to find out.

Sandy Khaund is Senior Director, Advanced Software Technologies for Turner Broadcasting‘s Emerging Technologies team in San Francisco. His role involves experimenting with new technologies and incubating prototypes for implementation by Turner’s Audience Management Platforms Team, identifying and facilitating partnerships between Bay Area companies and Turner’s family of brands (including CNN, TBS, TNT, Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, and more), and helping to lead Media Camp, an accelerator program that educates entrepreneurs and enables them to build innovative media businesses.

Sandy came to Turner from Irynsoft, a mobile education company he founded in 2009 to bring collaborative video-based learning software to mobile devices. In 2011, Irynsoft was named among the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Fast Company, named a finalist for a World Technology Award, and selected for a Kauffman Foundation fellowship.

Before Irynsoft, Sandy was COO of Piczo, a teen social network that was acquired by Stardoll in February 2009. He also spent six years at Microsoft, where he helped implement .NET design patterns, co-founded CodePlex (Microsoft’s open source collaborative development site), and owned Microsoft’s employee blogging platform (at the time, the largest in the world). Prior to Microsoft, Sandy held various engineering and technical positions at Intel, Boston Consulting Group, and Lockheed Martin. Sandy holds three patents and has published several papers.

Sandy has a BS & M.Eng in Electrical Engineering from Cornell, a BA in Physics from Ithaca College, and an MBA from Wharton.

What do you enjoy most about your work and why?

I’m most excited by the opportunity to innovate in such a fast-changing industry that affects so many people. Television has seen a great number of changes over the last several years, but the best is yet to come. At Turner, the talented people who have been charged with coming up with the next big thing are really thinking outside the (television) box. Second screens via tablets and cell ...

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