A mon sujet
I’ve been described as a serial entrepreneur,but I’m really just a creator. My name is Kevin Franco.
For the better part of three decades, I have pushed the envelope by creating and completing some amazing projects in experience design, transmedia storytelling, alternate reality games and applications development. Well, I’ve done lots of other things too, but they aren’t really work related. I’ve already said too much. Forget about the other things, they don’t count for jack in the corporate world.
Curiosity is what drives me. Solving problems via the path less traveled is where I lead teams to do things unimaginable. I like to put teams together that can think, that have the capacity for a deep understanding in any area. Thinking skills, listening skills and careful thought is what it takes and how the teams I’ve managed can make the magic happen.
“Aut inveniam viam aut faciam”
It amazes me every time I hear the words, ‘it can’t be done’ – there is always a way. I usually hear these words right before a major project. These words are what keeps me employed. I have a hard time not smiling when I hear it. I’m not being disrespectful, I just can’t wait to show you it can be done.
I love to create.
As the Co-Founder and CEO of Enthrill and the founder of other successful businesses, I am sometimes sought after to speak about my innovative philosophy & the technology my teams have created. Other times, I’m just needed to sit in as filler for more interesting folks to tell their story. With so many years experience in branding, retail sales, marketing & innovative web-based solutions it can make for a diverse conversation or story.
Here is a list of Kevin speaking engagements:
Banff, AB September 20, 2017 – Banff Venture Forum – Fundamentals of Raising Capital (Speaker)
Banff, AB September 20, 2017 – Banff Venture Forum – How do I get Money (Panel Member)
Calgary, AB April 13, 2017 – Alastair Ross Technology Centre – New Tech Meetup – Entrepreneur Stories (Panel Member)
New York, NY March 9, 2016 – Digital Book World (DBW) – New Paths to Direct Sales (Panel Member)
Calgary, AB November 16, 2015 – Mount Royal University (MRU) – Marketing Industry Discussion (Panel Member)
New York, NY May 27, 2015 – IDPF/BEA – Marketing: Unexpected Data Benefits of Digital Lending, Bundling, Retailing, and Interaction (Panel Member)
New York, NY January 14, 2015 – Digital Book World – Launchpad – Startups You Should Know About That You Might Not (Panel Member)
Frankfurt, GR October 8, 2014 – Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club – Hug The Alien: Lightning Demos – “Beyond Beta: Publishing start ups making an impact in the marketplace” (Speaker)
Banff, AB September 26, 2014 – Banff Venture Forum – Proliferating Ebook Sales & Distribution (Speaker)
Portsmouth, NH September 24, 2014 – Firebrand Community Conference – The Business Decisions behind DRM / PackaDRM (Speaker)
Calgary, AB July 14, 2014 – University of Calgary, Shad Valley Program – Innovation- the act of merging creativity, inventiveness and problem solving. (Speaker)
Banff, AB September 5, 2013 – Enbridge Records Management Summit – Transmedia Storytelling as a Data Stream (Speaker)
Edmonton, AB May 25 & 26, 2013 – Words in 3 Dimensions Conference – Alternative Futures in Publishing (Panel Member)
Calgary, AB November 8, 2012 – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) – Web Developer Innovation and Problem Solving (Speaker)
San Francisco, CA October 25 & 26, 2012 – Books in Browsers Conference – Ebook discovery and sales through traditional bookselling channels (Speaker)
Frankfurt, GR October 8 & 9, 2012 – Frankfurt Book Fair – O’Reilly Media Tools of Change Conference – Publishing Innovations in Sales and Marketing (Speaker)
Banff, AB September 21 & 22, 2012 – Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA)- Annual Meeting & Conference (Speaker)
Calgary, AB July 24, 2012 – University of Calgary – Product Innovation and Management Program (Speaker)
Saskatoon, SK June 14-16, 2012 – Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) AGM – Annual General Meeting (Presenter)
Regina, SK March 27-28, 2012 – Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association (SMPIA) Multi-PlatFORUM (Speaker)
New York, NY January 23, 2012 – Digital Book World (DBW) – Transmedia Development for Publishers & Authors Beyond Acquisitions – (Workshop Leader)
Banff, AB November 26, 2011 – Alberta Media Production Industry Association (AMPIA) - Creating Content for the Film, Television and Digital Media Worlds – Narrative Strategies for Multi-Platform (Panel Member)
San Francisco, CA November 2, 2011 – StoryWorld Conference + Expo – StoryWorld Speed Mentoring - (Mentor)
San Francisco, CA October 31 – November 1, 2011 – StoryWorld Conference + Expo – StoryWorld Conference – Creating New Business Models: Be Small, Think Big, Move Fast (Panel Member)
San Francisco, CA October 27 & 28, 2011 – Books in Browsers Conference – Transmedia Storytelling as a way to create unique reading experiences (Speaker)
Calgary, AB October 21, 2011 – The Alberta Library – Netspeed 2011: The Human Side of Technology. Thrillerize: Transmedia Storytelling (Keynote)
Toronto, ON May 14 & 15, 2011 – Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) National Conference – Launch of Enthrill Distribution’s ebook retail card system Enthrill Distribution (Presenter)
Edmonton, AB May 7 & 8, 2011 – Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) At The Edge of Print – 21st Century Publishing: The Future is Now (Panel Member)
San Francisco, CA October 21 & 22, 2010 – Books in Browsers Conference – Mixing Transmedia and Digital Publishing to Market a Book (Speaker)
Calgary, AB March 16 & 17, 2010 – Internet Marketing Conference – Alternate Reality Gaming in Marketing (Speaker)
Calgary, AB May 3, 2009 – Synergy Network – Immersive Marketing and Alternate Reality Gaming (Keynote)
Calgary, AB January 6 & 7, 2007 – Home-Alyze National Conference – Creating the Ultimate Client Experience (Speaker)
Niagara Falls, ON October 21 & 22, 2006 – Home-Alyze National Conference – Rainmaking Marketing Principles (Speaker)
Whistler, BC October 14 & 15, 2005 – Home-Alyze National Conference – Step by Step Marketing (Presenter)
Calgary, AB 2002, 2003, 2004 – Home-Alyze National Conference – Franchisee Marketing Strategies (Presenter)