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Shahrzad Rafati is the Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV, a leading global digital entertainment company, and the third largest video property worldwide. Recognised by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and widely known as a visionary in the online video space, Shahrzad is credited with pioneering the model that made peace between major media companies and their fans, uploading premium content online. Representing the top creative talent in online video, BroadbandTV is changing the face of entertainment and empowering a vibrant community of thousands of storytellers, trailblazers and inspirers from around the globe to reach billions of views each month.
Shahrzad Rafati is a Canadian entrepreneur and the founder of BroadbandTV Corp (BBTV), one of the largest entertainment networks on YouTube. She is also co-founder and advisory board member, of the Chopra Yoga Centers. Co-founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra the centers are rooted in the spiritual leader's philosophy of the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.
Rafati is accredited with being the first person to develop a business model that created peace between entertainment networks like the NBA and their fans who upload pirated content. She accomplished this by creating technology that detects pirated content, makes it brand safe, then sells ads against it while sharing revenue with all parties.
Socially driven, Rafati is outspoken in her passion for creating jobs and fostering entrepreneurship amongst the "YouTube generation." Rafati is also an advocate for women entering into technology and entrepreneurship and is the founder of Make Change, an organization committed to alleviating human suffering in disadvantaged areas. She has also been involved with fundraising campaigns for Mission Possible, United Way, and World Cancer Day.
In 2009, FWE Forum for Women Entrepreneurs named Rafati one of the Top 5 women Entrepreneurs in Media and Entertainment alongside Sarah McLachlan. In 2011 she was the only Canadian named on Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business list. She was also featured on the cover of Canadian Business in an editorial piece called 'Meet Your Next Boss' where she was included on a list of 20 women shaking up corporate Canada.