Thursday, March 10, 2011

Speaking Invitation

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 03:  San Francisco po...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeA few days back I kinda complained about not having been invited to sit on a panel at SXSW. Well, looks like I have a speaking invitation somewhere else. I was only joking, people.

Like Mark Pincus said once, when you become successful and visible as an entrepreneur, you end up with all sorts of speaking requests, panel requests, media interview requests. Often times you have to choose between making those appearances and getting actual work done.

Well, I don't have that problem yet, just like I don't have an inbox problem either. I just have been complaining on Fred Wilson's behalf.

Notice how this email has been composed like I have a personal assistant who reads my emails for me. I don't have one of those. You can talk to me directly, that's fine.
Kathi Khoury
to paramendra
date Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM
subject PARAMENDRA BHAGAT / The Learning Annex - speaking invitation
hide details 5:44 PM (4 hours ago)


My name is Kathi Khoury, I am the Program Director for The Learning Annex and I was wondering if PARAMENDRA BHAGAT would be interested in speaking for us sometime in either June or July.

The Learning Annex recently partnered up with and will be streaming all of our classes LIVE online. UStream reaches 33 million unique viewers and has a global reach including Great Britain, Asia and a #1 site ranking in Japan. UStream recently aired the Victoria Secret pre-show chat and Diddy’s New Years Eve Party as well as Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama.

We are very flexible with dates and can definitely work around his busy schedule. Any Monday, Wednesday or Sunday (daytime or evening) would work. We will be filming in a NYC studio. He would come prepared to do two 20 minute segments on two different topics of your choice.

Millions of adults have taken classes with us featuring some of our foremost thinkers and doers including: Wendy Williams, Bethenny Frankel, Kimora Lee Simmons, Regis Philbin, Marissa Tomei, Andy Garcia, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti,, Jenny McCarthy, P. Diddy, Russell Simmons, Harvey Weinstein, Ian Scrager, Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Peter Guber, Clive Davis, George Foreman, Rudy Giuliani, Deepak Chopra, Suze Orman, Diane Von Furstenburg, Harrison Ford, Jason Alexander, Kenneth Cole, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Al Gore…and thousands more….

Would love to talk to you to make this work.
Thank You,
Kathi Khoury

The Learning Annex and Ustream Announce Partnership
Thousands of Celebrity Experts to Stream Live to Millions of New Students

NEW YORK January 20, 2011: The Learning Annex is offering its unique blend of “edutainment” classes with celebrity instructors and business gurus on Ustream. The newly formed partnership will launch two channels on Ustream focusing on Education and Spirituality. Both will be powered exclusively by The Learning Annex.

The Learning Annex has thousands of experts who have taught over two million graduates. These experts will now have access to a global audience of millions of viewers when it launches this Spring. Pricing for each live streaming event will vary but will start as low as 99 cents.

According to The Learning Annex Founder / CEO Bill Zanker, “When The Learning Annex began in 1980, we pioneered the concept of quick, affordable education from experts. Once again, we are reinventing the way people learn. With Ustream’s live global reach, our mission statement of being able to learn anything, anywhere, anytime will be fulfilled. Now a student in Tokyo or Rio de Janeiro can interact in real time with an instructor in New York or San Francisco.”

The Learning Annex Wealth Expo tours with Donald Trump saw the company grow from $5 million in revenue to $120 million in 3 years. In Los Angeles, 82,000 students attended in a single weekend. “It was the largest educational event in the history of man,” said Zanker. “Ustream will allow us to top that.”

About The Learning Annex

Since 1980, The Learning Annex has been the premier producer of seminars, lectures, classes, and workshops throughout North America. More recently, The Learning Annex created The Wealth Expo with Donald Trump, acquired One Day University - a live event company, where top tier college professors teach their greatest courses in under an hour, and several spiritual websites. The Learning Annex’s roster of celebrity instructors includes: Suze Orman, Russell Simmons, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, George Foreman, P. Diddy, Richard Branson, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Harrison Ford, Bethenny Frankel, Jessica Biel, Sylvia Browne, James Van Praagh and many more. The Learning Annex investors include Saban Capital Group, Educational Media Ventures, CMS and Bill Zanker. More info at

About Ustream

Ustream is the leader in live video and its platform empowers any individual, public figure or brand to stream to a global audience of unlimited size. Ustream offers free broadcasting and viewing platforms for the Web and mobile devices. The interactive functionality within Ustream enables real-time engagement with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and AIM. Hundreds of high-profile broadcasters have partnered with Ustream to reach millions of people. Ustream ( is a privately-held company based in San Francisco, Calif. Follow on Twitter (@Ustream) or fan at

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