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A Day In The Life With Comcast's Jenna Kurath

Comcast Cable VP/Startup Partner Development JENNA KURATH has been tasked with heading up the company’s sports-tech accelerator program, which launched earlier this year and has a target of selecting 10 startups by May 15 to receive a $50,000 equity investment. Kurath typically works out of Comcast’s Philadelphia HQ, but, like most of the American workforce, is now making the transition to working from home. Before the impact of the coronavirus truly began to be felt in the U.S., Kurath caught up with THE DAILY to share what work life had been like since the program’s launch.

4:55am: My mornings are very structured. My alarm clock goes off and I am out the door. We have a small running group -- we call ourselves the slugs. We meet at 5:10 or 5:15 and we typically accomplish a fair amount before 6:10 in the morning.

6:30am: It is military precision timing at home to get ready, to get our 7-year-old daughter up and out the door. Breakfast is always at home with my husband and her before we hit the 7:15 school bus. I'm on the 7:33 train into the office and get there around 8:15.

8:30am: The first few weeks have been just a bit of a whirlwind. We have all this interest and now we're at the point where we're really carving up the day a little bit more to be intentional about how we're spending our time because we've got to deliver value for the startups and we want to curate those down to the 10 best.

10:00am: I am very mindful of the fact that we have six sports partners -- NASCAR, U.S. Ski & Snowboarding, USA Swimming, NBC Sports, Sky Sports and Golf Channel -- so I’m making sure I carve out at least an hour of my time to look at what we are doing specifically for that particular partner. We've spent time really articulating what we are going to put in front of NBC Sports in this next innovation discovery session.

11:00am: I've been carving out time in the morning for our overall European expansion, working closely with our Sky Sports team and determining strategic fit, who we’re bringing on -- when, where and why.

Noon: For lunch, I typically don't get outside of the building. I try to eat healthy and then it's a free-for-all for dinner. I eat at my desk too often and that is one of the moments where I'm catching up on email.

1:00pm: Twice a week we have what we call a strategy calibration second looking at all of the deal flow coming in. What are we doing from our marketing standpoint -- events, social, speaking engagements? We do a run-through of all the partners.

Kurath is heading up the team that will ultimately select the first 10 startups to receive funding
Photo: COMAST
Kurath is heading up the team that will ultimately select the first 10 startups to receive funding
Photo: COMAST
Kurath is heading up the team that will ultimately select the first 10 startups to receive funding
Photo: COMAST

2:00-5:00pm: We are going to get a thousand-plus applications and picking the top 10 of that is not going to be easy. I can't wait to see who the final 10 are because we'll spend a lot of time as we get closer to those decisions really fine tuning the curriculum based off of the companies that are in there. I’m really looking forward to that because I love that aspect. As soon as we're done and we've announced who, and we've started the program, we're starting to look for the next 10. It’s an ongoing process.

5:00pm: I'm pretty much religiously on the 5:21 train home. My family is my true north, so that gives me a half an hour on the train to finish out emails and put a cap on the day.

6:00pm: We have dinner at the table. I love to cook. It's either one of my family favorites or Blue Apron. We do the rose, thorn and a bud. The rose is the best thing that happened in your day. The thorn is the least. The bud is what you are looking forward to. Every once in a while, we’ll throw in the pedal, which is the funniest thing that happened to you. It makes our dinner conversations lively.

7:00pm: It’s just a small window of time by the time you get home, eat dinner, violin practice, homework and then it's off to bed for my daughter. Then, I have a small window of time to spend with my husband.

8:00pm: We usually watch shows like two at a time. We're really into “Curb Your Enthusiasm." We're also watching “Better Call Saul.” We both were huge “Breaking Bad” fans.

10:30pm: I'm a night owl, so sadly, that's when I come alive. My husband's the opposite. I've been trying to be more intentional about not looking at my email right before bed because I was finding that it would just prevent me from having quality sleep. I try to be lights out and off to sleep.

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