Bio : OZY Fest
About OZY Media
With 25 million monthly unique users and 2 million subscribers, OZY brings readers “the new and the next,” offering 100% original content, with a focus on the future, via unique OZY News, OZY Magazine, OZY TV and OZY Events products. Called “the new media magnet for the news hungry” by Fortune magazine, OZY’s in-depth and high-quality journalism has attracted a number of high-profile media partners including The New York Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, TED, The Financial Times, The Huffington Post and many more, as well as guest editors including Bill Gates, President Bill Clinton, and Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Founded in 2013 by Emmy award winning journalist Carlos Watson and co-founder Samir Rao, the OZY team is based in Mountain View, CA and backed by leading Silicon Valley investors including Laurene Powell Jobs, Ron Conway, David Drummond, Larry Sonsini and Dan Rosensweig and a significant investment from publishing giant Axel Springer.
Co-founder and CEO, OZY Media
Host, PBS Late Night
Carlos is an entrepreneur and Emmy-winning journalist based in Silicon Valley. In 2013 Carlos co-founded OZY, a breakthrough digital news and culture magazine custom built for the curious. OZY helps over 20 million readers catch up on the day’s most important news with its Presidential Daily Brief (PDB), and vault ahead with eight original features dedicated to what’s new and what’s next. Each day OZY unveils a handful of rising stars, emerging trends, new gadgets and provocative ideas. Carlos brings to OZY a textured background in both business and media. He is the host of PBS’ new late night talk show, Point Taken, and previously anchored shows on CNN and MSNBC and hosted a series of Emmy-winning interview specials. As a businessman, Carlos built Achieva College Prep Services into one of the nation's largest college prep companies before selling it to the Washington Post/Kaplan. He also worked as the Global Head of Education Investment Banking for Goldman Sachs and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Carlos grew up in Miami and holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
ABOUT EMPIRE ENTERTAINMENT
Empire is a New York City and Tokyo-based producer of experiential and entertainment projects for corporate, brands, association, not-for-profit and private clients. Established in 1993, Empire has executed projects of every type in over 100 countries. Empire has produced major events, broadcasts, parties, conferences, launches, festivals and awards programs including the TIME 100 Gala, The Tribeca Film Festival, The Webby Awards, The Clinton Global Initiative’s Global Citizen Awards, the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award Gala, the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball, and Internet Week.