Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, and ITP present Krista Marks, Kerpoof as our featured entrepreneur.
Krista Marks is the General Manager of Disney Online Kerpoof Studios. Prior to the acquisition by the Disney Interactive Media Group in July 2008, Krista was the CEO and Co-Founder of Kerpoof. With Kerpoof.com, and now Disney.com/Create, Kerpoof Studios has delivered the Internet’s premier creativity platforms for children of all ages, platforms praised by press, educators, parents, and kids worldwide. Krista is also passionate about engineering and has long been active in efforts to broaden kids’ awareness of engineering. She helped to establish in Denver a regional F.I.R.S.T. Robotics competition, and she serves on the University of South Carolina Industrial Advisory board. Krista’s achievements include a Research & Development Magazine award for her work on three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory award for outstanding achievement in engineering for High Energy Physics, one of the five nominees for the 2010 Pioneer of the Year award at Kids@Play/CES, and six patents pending. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Entrepreneurs Unplugged is a meeting place where faculty, students and community members with technical backgrounds learn about and get involved in entrepreneurship. In particular, the program offers students and faculty an opportunity to learn how a successful start up is created as well as an opportunity to network. Each Entrepreneurs Unplugged meeting features food, drink and – most importantly – an experienced entrepreneur to discuss his/her start-up experiences.