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Idan Cohen’s looking to push the pace of television innovation (Video)

Des Moines November 27, 2012 by Michael Stacy Only 19 days until Big Omaha. Get your tickets before they sell out!

With a nod to graphs that illustrated sharply declining music industry revenues and plummeting newspaper circulation figures, Idan Cohen established what's at stake in the television industry.

"We've seen what happens actually when internet takes over an industry," Cohen said Oct. 11 during his talk at Thinc Iowa 2012. "It tends to blow up, and it's not very nice if you don't know how to respond."

Cohen and company are among the early responders to seismic shifts in the way people consume television. He's the co-founder and chief product officer of Boxee, a New York-based company started in early 2007.

"People love TV," Cohen said. "And we (at Boxee) also love TV." 

"But something was a little bit broken for us about TV," he continued. "We felt that it's changing — the way we consume it is changing — but TV's not adapting fast enough to what we want it to be." 

Cohen spent his time on stage at Thinc Iowa telling the story of Boxee and the company's efforts to make the most of the changing landscape of television.

To hear Cohen's Thinc Iowa talk in its entirety, see the video above. For more from Cohen at the conference, see our story: "Idan Cohen: What we should expect from TV".

About Idan Cohen

As a co-founder and CPO, Cohen is responsible for innovating and expanding the capabilities of Boxee. Idan conceives the vision of the product and the design of Boxee's critically-acclaimed user experience. His goal, in line with Boxee's own philosophy, is to create an intuitive product that merges the simplicity of TV with the richness of the Internet.

Prior to Boxee, Cohen pioneered the Innovation Lab at Comverse, establishing the company as a leader in telecom software and services. This unique initiative helped the company innovate across multiple business segments through experimentation with cutting edge telecom and Internet technology.

Cohen has always been a craftsman at heart. When he is not conceiving the design of Boxee's critically-acclaimed user experience, you can find him focusing on photography or masterfully preparing his own signature dishes.

About Thinc Iowa

Thinc Iowa is now Big Des Moines, part of The Big Series, a trio of events produced by Silicon Prairie News. The Big Series in 2013 will include the inaugural Big Kansas City in March, Big Omaha in May and Big Des Moines in October. Stay tuned for announcements regarding all three.

 

Credits: Video by Event1 Video.


Thinc Iowa 2012 Video Series presented by Iowa Economic Development

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is dedicated to supporting innovation by connecting entrepreneurs with resources and development opportunities in Iowa. It salutes the founders of today and tomorrow; encouraging ideas that will invigorate a new economy. Please visit iowaeconomicdevelopment.com for more information on how IEDA can help your business ideas come to life.

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