Viral Videos: Hacking YouTube

Prerna Gupta (Khush)
Social Media
Location: New York West Level:
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The goal of this session is to demystify the “viral video” and demonstrate that there is in fact a science to creating viral hits, which is employed by the most successful video producers on YouTube. Prerna Gupta is CEO of Khush, a development studio that creates intelligent music apps. Prerna has produced viral videos for her company’s flagship product, LaDiDa, which received over 100 million views and earned LaDiDa a coveted spot in Apple’s Top 10 Music iPhone App category.

Prerna will discuss what she has learned about crafting a product message in the form of a viral video and maximizing the chances that a video will go viral. She will walk audiences through viral videos categorically, ranging from small hits (250k-500k views), medium hits (1M-5M views) and monster hits (10M+ views), and examine the key “viral characteristics” that contributed to each video’s success. Prerna will also discuss strategies for integrating product demos into these viral characteristics, and analyze the trade-offs between including substantial product demos versus simple product placements.

Examples of viral videos Prerna has produced for LaDiDa include a dog singing with her iPad, an orange annoying an iPhone, and Katy Perry ordering a lyrical lunch.

Prerna will also offer some tricks-of-the-trade for low-cost viral video production.

Prerna Gupta


Prerna is CEO of Khush, a company that develops intelligent music apps. Khush’s first product, LaDiDa, is a Top 10 music iPhone app that helps bad singers make music. LaDiDa’s demo videos have received over 100 million views on YouTube.

Prerna studied Economics and Computer Science at Stanford University and worked on marketing strategy at Monitor Group and early-stage deal sourcing at Summit Partners before making the move to entrepreneurship. Her favorite instrument is her voice.

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