Sharon Kan
Been There, Run That

Sharon?s mission is to unleash the creativity and imagination of children by giving them an environment to design and share their original creations online and in print. With this goal in mind, she co-founded Tikatok.com, the first online book community that empowers children to use their imagination to write, illustrate, and publish their own books and read other books created by children from around the world.

Tikatok has been embraced by parents and educators as a creative platform to inspire self-expression in children. Thousands of children have created books using Tikatok?s Web 2.0 self-publishing platform, while teachers are using it in the classroom as part of their creative writing curriculum. Recognized by the online community for its innovativeness in inspiring children and creating a safe community for children to interact, Tikatok.com received the 2010 Parents? Choice Approved Award, 2010 Moms Choice Gold Award and 2011 Best in Class Interactive Media Award. The Tikatok StorySpark App for the NOOK received the 2011 Moms Choice Gold Award.

Before Sharon co-founded Tikatok she was CEO of Zoomix, a data management solution provider that was acquired by Microsoft in 2008. Prior, Sharon was President North America (NA) of c-Ark, a PLM (product lifecycle management) company. c-Ark was acquired by SSA (now Infor). Prior to c-Ark, Ms. Kan spent 5 years with Demantra Inc., a leading global provider of SCM (supply chain management) and established its activity in NA. Demantra was acquired by Oracle in 2006.

Sharon is a mentor at The MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS). VMS is an organization formed to support entrepreneurial activity throughout the MIT community by matching prospective entrepreneurs with skilled mentors. She is also on the advisory board of Entrepreneurship Program at Simmons College School of Management.

Sharon is a mentor for MassChallenge that supports and coaches young entrepreneurs and a mentor and coach at Springboard Enterprises supporting women entrepreneurs.

Sharon has been a speaker at conferences and educational institutions on the subjects of entrepreneurship, innovation, core values and leadership. Recently she spoke at WITI's Women Powering Technology Conference in October 2011.

Sharon holds an Executive MBA from the University of Bradford in the UK, a BA degree in Business from the College of Management in Israel, and is a graduate of the French Culture program of the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.


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