Kupchella to Attend Prestigious Invite-Only Tech Event
Rick Kupchella, a veteran television news anchor and founder of local news aggregation company BringMeTheNews, was selected to attend a prestigious invitation-only conference for technology entrepreneurs.
The event is the F.ounders START conference, which takes place Friday in New York City. Previous F.ounders gatherings have been referred to by national media as “the Rolls Royce of technology events” and the “Davos for tech geeks.”
The event will bring together the founders of 100 fast-growing early-stage tech start-ups and more than 400 investors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders to facilitate networking. Past F.ounders conference attendees have included leaders from companies such as Twitter, Skype, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Netflix.
Kupchella founded BringMeTheNews in 2009 and serves as its CEO. In August 2010, the start-up landed a $1 million investment from The Dolan Company and PR firm Padilla Speer Beardsley—then last July, it raised $3 million in capital from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The online news curator gathers local news from hundreds of online sources and distributes it through a network of online sites, social media channels, and radio stations.
BringMeTheNews’ current funding model is based on advertising sponsorships. Advertiser logos appear near sponsored headlines, which are mixed in with news stories on the company’s website. The company also supplies an online feed of its aggregated headlines to other media partners.
“We like what Rick is doing and want him to attend because of his combined knowledge of technology and media, which is the key to the well constructed website,” F.ounders Associate Manager Niall Rogers said in a statement that appeared in a BringMeTheNews-issued press release.
In addition to founding and leading BringMeTheNews, Kupchella is the founder of content creation company i.e. network and a partner at digital agency GoKart Labs.
About a year ago, former WCCO news anchor Don Shelby joined BringMeTheNews, for which he produces original news stories and serves as a radio broadcaster. Kupchella and Shelby talked to Twin Cities Business about the move in an exclusive interview last March. To see a video of the interview, click here.