CMO, Layer3 TV
Former UTA talent agent Kuhn’s expertise in social media and technology give him the chops to soar as he spearheads the introduction of new MVPD Layer3 into the marketplace. In less than a year, he and his team created a fully realized brand from scratch, helping generate key relationships, favorable press and overall growth including recently closing a $51 million series B venture round. To boot, he leads local community outreach in Denver. He says, “Life is about showing up. I try to always be present. And when I am there, I make sure to have a point of view.”
What makes you most excited about this industry as you advance in your career?
I’m excited about the amount of change and innovation in the cable industry, which is leading to amazing opportunities.
What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Focus on the customer and every touch point of the customer experience. This is embedded in the core DNA of Layer3 TV and extremely relevant for our industry.
What is one habit that makes you most successful?
You never know where a great idea or innovative thought will come from. I spend at least an hour early every morning reading a range of news sources. Not just articles about our industry, but about science, arts, politics and even gossip!
What tech item or social platform could/couldn’t you live without?
As a frequent traveler I’m always trying new apps and gadgets to make life on the road easier, but my iPhone and iPad are essential (along with some noise- canceling headphones)!
Who has been your biggest mentor and why?
I have been incredibly lucky to have a few key mentors in my life and career. My parents are incredible role models and mentors, teaching me about the twin pillars of emotional intelligence (from my mother, a psychotherapist) and analytical skills (from my father, who works in finance). Former NBA Commissioner David Stern and former CNN President Jon Klein have constantly pushed me to think bigger. Since working in the cable industry, Layer3 TV’s CEO Jeff Binder has been an incredible mentor, friend and colleague.
What three things make you most successful?
Life is about showing up. I try to always be present or “in the room” (as Lin Manuel Miranda wrote). And when I am there, I make sure to have a point of view! Always treat everyone well and with respect. I am a fan of power naps and am an amazing sleeper on airplanes. The second I sit down I fall asleep and wake up when landing, ready to go.