Ken Rutkowski

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Ken Rutkowski
Born (1966-05-05) May 5, 1966 (age 52)
OccupationInspirational and Nexist Speaker, radio broadcaster
Political party'Cyber Party' (2015)
AwardsDigital Entertainment Award 2005

Ken Rutkowski is founder, president and host of KenRadio Broadcasting[1] which is syndicated on CBS Radio,[2] He is also the founder of the media, entertainment and technology alliance known as METal. Rutkowski is the Local Partner of Founder Institute Chapter Los Angeles.[3]


Rutkowski is former host of Business Rockstars, a two-hour weekday afternoon program.[4][5] The program features discussions with CEOs and entrepreneurs about financing, marketing and networking.[6]

Rutkowski is a founding member of the Streaming Media Executive Committee and on the boards of several media, entertainment and technology companies. He appears regularly as a guest correspondent for KTTV-TV Fox 11 and Fox's Good Day LA.[7][8] Rutkowski has created and hosted various technology programs on NPR, ABC, WLS Chicago, KHOW Denver, CNET Radio San Francisco, and BBC Professional associations.[9][10][11] Rutkowski is also on the board of several media, entertainment and technology companies.[12]

In March 1990, Rutkowski established KenRadio Broadcasting, a daily technology podcast focused on the high tech industry.[13][14] Since 1995, Rutkowski's daily talk show, "The World Technology Roundup," has also focused on high tech business worldwide.

In January 2003, Rutkowski founded Media Entertainment Technology Alpha Leaders (METal). The group aims to provide members with a variety of opportunities, intellectual interests, and support mechanisms built on shared values across the media, entertainment and technology space.

In 2005, Rutkowski received a Digital Entertainment Award for his activity in new media and emerging technologies.

In 2006, he moderated panels at the Milken Institute Global Conference in 2006.[15][16] He returned for another Global Conference in 2015 as a speaker. He informed listeners about electronic currencies, and where they were headed in the future.[17] In 2007 Rutkowski was one of the runners of Seoul Digital Forum.

Since July 2009, Rutkowski has been a board member at Opportunity Green, an event that addresses innovation opportunities for industry leaders and thought leaders in pursuing sustainable business solutions.[18][19]

In October 2009, Rutkowski was named an intelligence analyst at the Oprah Winfrey Network, where he created research analysis focused on identifying and providing updates on people, companies, events, technologies, trends, and conferences relevant to the Oprah Winfrey Network.[20][21] He concluded this occupation in 2012 when the network lost three hundred thirty million dollars and could no longer afford a surplus of workers.

In January 2010, Rutkowski became a partner and analyst in innovation and social media at Free Form, a media company that translates "potent thinking into stories that move people." Rutkowski has been a guest lecturer at various universities including Loyola University, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He has been a guest speaker at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, San Diego, and University of California, Berkeley, among other universities.[22]

In January 2010, Rutkowski became Los Angeles Local Partner at the Founder Institute, a training program for entrepreneurs that prepares founders to lead technology companies in industries from biotechnology to the Internet.[23]

At about the same time, Rutkowski became a board member of TEDx San Francisco, an independently organized Technology, Entertainment, and Design event.[24]

Rutkowski has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, BBC, BusinessWeek, Wired, Internet World, Electronic Media, Online Journalism Review, Boston Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Finland Helsingin Sanomat, Asahi Shinbun, Bangkok Times, among other publications worldwide.[25][26]

His honors include nomination for the fifth UCLA's Wireless Conference.[27]

2016 Cyber Party vice-presidential candidacy[edit]

Rutkowski was briefly the vice-presidential nominee of the now-defunct Cyber Party in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, running alongside software entrepreneur John McAfee.[28] McAfee chose in December 2015 to instead switch to seeking the Libertarian nomination, but Rutkowski did not join him in seeking the Libertarian vice-presidential nomination.[29] McAfee later selected photographer Judd Weiss as his Libertarian running mate, but neither were nominated at the 2016 Libertarian National Convention.


  1. ^ Fraser Lovatt (29 July 2004). "Ken Rutkowski – the IBC Digital Lifestyles Interviews" (Press release). Digital Lifestyles. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  2. ^ "Interview with Ken Rutkowski on Socaltech" (Press release). Socaltech High Tech News and Information for Southern California. February 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  3. ^ "The Founder Institute Announces Sessions And Mentors For Its Los Angeles Semester" (Press release). PR Newswire. 2010-02-23. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  4. ^ Archived from the original on March 25, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Radio Interview on Business Rockstars w/ Ken Rutkowski". JP Stonestreet. 2013-12-23. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  6. ^ "Business Rockstars Radio Host Ken Rutkowski to Interview Google+ Social Media Expert Yifat Cohen". 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  7. ^ "Ken Rutkowski on FOX News". YouTube. 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  8. ^ Archived from the original on August 23, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Elisa Batista (2003-03-31). "Internet Radio's Biggest Geek". Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  10. ^ Michelle Meyers (January 24, 2006). "Could Spielberg become a video podcaster?". CNET. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  11. ^ "Ken Rutkowski's Daily Tech News Clicks". February 2, 2001. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  12. ^ "Digital Hollywood at NXTcomm". June 2007. Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  13. ^ [1] Archived August 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ [2] Archived October 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Milken Institute Panel Detail". Milken Institute. April 2006. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
  16. ^ "Ken Rutkowski's Bio on Milken Institute Global Conference". Milken Institute. April 2006. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
  17. ^ "Global Conference 2015". Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  18. ^ "Ken Rutkowski Launches Business Rockstars Academy - TechZuluTechZulu". Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  19. ^ "Board of Advisors | Green Business Conference 2010 | Los Angeles". Archived from the original on 2016-01-30. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  20. ^ [3][dead link]
  21. ^ "What's up with that: Ken Rutkowski". September 13, 2013. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  22. ^ "The Founder Institute Announces Sessions and Mentors For Its Los Angeles Semester" (Press release). The Forbes. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  23. ^ Stan Holt (February 19, 2010). "Interview with Ken Rutkowski, The Founder Institute". Socaltech High Tech News and Information for Southern California. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  24. ^ Archived from the original on March 8, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  25. ^ "Ken Rutkowski | Exclusively Represented by CAL Entertainment". Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  27. ^ "Wireless 2003 Winter Conference". Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  28. ^ Winger, Richard (November 21, 2015). "Cyber Party Chooses Vice-Presidential Nominee". Ballot Access News. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
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