12:25 PM -- From The Philter's Obscure Company Fun Facts file, here are some things you probably didn't know about a publicity-happy, Pink Sheets-traded company called WiFi TV:
The president of the company, Rachelle Kuzma, 23, makes $84,000 a year and doesn't have an employment agreement with the company.
The CEO, Alex Kanakaris, lists among his career accomplishments: "Seen on CNN on the night of the closest presidential election in history, live from Nashville, Tennessee, where he stayed up all night in front of the Al Gore campaign’s official national campaign microphone."
The company is selling folks their own "global Internet TV channel, viewable by virtually anyone in the world with access to a high-speed Internet connection."
Having your own WiFi TV channel ain't free. It costs $25,000 upfront, plus an encoding charge of $20 to $30 an hour for each new program added to your channel's lineup.
As best as we can tell, WiFi TV has nothing to do with wireless technology. The company's programming is available on any kind of broadband hookup. It charges $24.95 a year for its service.
The company's most recent promotional sales video begins with WiFi TV's "national marketing consultant" saying: "Alex, the benefits to owning a WiFi TV channel is endless..."
I'm sure the benefits is endless. Or maybe it just seems that way.
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.