Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Shahrzad Rafati
Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV Corp
Shahrzad Rafati founded BroadbandTV in 2005. The Vancouver-based digital media and technology company now operates the largest multi-platform network in the world — with 30 billion monthly video views from its thousands of network partners. They pioneered both the technology and business model that enabled big entertainment entities, like the NBA, to profit from rather than persecute unauthorized video content being uploaded by fans. In January, the European media conglomerate that owns a majority of BroadbandTV’s stock announced it was up for sale, with an expected price tag in the range of $1 billion. For Shahrzad, the company’s largest minority shareholder, it could lead to quite the payday.