Sharon Kan

Co-Founder and General Manager, at Barnes & Noble

Getting Women to Think Big

Sharon's mission is to unleash the creativity and imagination of children by giving them an environment to design and share their original creations online and in print. With this goal in mind, she co-founded, the first online book community that empowers children to use their imagination to write, illustrate, and publish their own books and read other books created by children from around the world.

Tikatok has been embraced by parents and educators as a creative platform to inspire self-expression in children. Children all over the world have created books using Tikatok's Web 2.0 platform, while teachers are using it in the classroom as part of their creative writing curriculum.

Recognized by the online community for its innovativeness in inspiring children and creating a safe community for children to interact, received the 2010 Parents' Choice Approved Award and 2010 Moms Gold Award.

Before Sharon co-founded Tikatok she was CEO of Zoomix, a data management solution provider that was acquired by Microsoft in 2008 (Nasdaq: MSFT).
Prior, Sharon was President North America (NA) of c-Ark, a PLM (product lifecycle management) company. c-Ark was acquired by SSA (now Infor).
Prior to c-Ark, Ms. Kan spent 5 years with Demantra Inc., a leading global provider of SCM (supply chain management) and established its activity in NA. Demantra was acquired by Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) in 2006.

Sharon is a mentor at The MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS). VMS is an organization formed to support entrepreneurial activity throughout the MIT community by matching prospective entrepreneurs with skilled mentors.
Sharon is on the advisory board of Entrepreneurship Program at Simmons College School of Management.

Sharon has been a speaker at conferences and educational institutions on the subjects of entrepreneurship, innovation, core values and leadership.
Sharon holds an Executive MBA from the University of Bradford in the UK, a BA degree in Business from the College of Management in Israel, and is a graduate of the French Culture program of the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.