Jamaican social entrepreneur Saadiq Rodgers-King will be the guest presenter at the 12th staging of the Jamaica Broilers Group's (JBG) Fair Play Awards luncheon, set for tomorrow at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St Andrew.
Among the major awards to be presented at the event will be the JBG Fair Play Awards - Print, with a cash prize of $150,000, and JBG Fair Play Awards - Television, where the winning team will be presented with a cash prize of $250,000.
Saadiq is the nephew of Dr Damien King, head of the Department of Economics at the University of the West Indies (UWI), and son of Garth King, Kingston businessman, who owns, among other enterprises, Docu-Centre at UWI, Mona campus, and a transportation company.
In the summer of 2009, Saadiq co-founded Hot Potato in a garage in Brooklyn as an online interface, similar to Facebook, but which links and facilitates people based on shared interest. Unlike other location-based check-in services, Hot Potato focused on what users were doing rather than just where they were physically located.
One year later, Hot Potato was acquired by Facebook for US$10 million, plus shares.
After hot potato
Prior to Hot Potato, Saadiq led content acquisition and distribution deals as head of US Business Development for Dailymotion. Dailymotion is a France-based, video-sharing site on which users can upload, share and view videos. It is the second-largest video site in the world after YouTube.
Before Dailymotion, he spent five years at MLB.com in a variety of product and engineering-focused roles, most recently as director of new media, which involves overseeing all social-media efforts, web efforts, web advertising and web-content development.
He currently holds the position of chief operating officer of Nodejitsu, which is a company that creates and licenses software for Node.js applications. The company also offers software and services that enable companies to run their own applications on its public cloud or on the company's private cloud.