Karen CahnFounder & CEO of IFundWomen
Karen Cahn is the Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, a startup funding platform for women entrepreneurs. The mission of iFundWomen is to close the funding and confidence gap by providing a full-stack solution including crowdfunding, grants, expert business coaching, and a vibrant community of women business owners collaborating on how to win.
Karen is a pioneer in tech and media. She was an early Google Intrapreneur where she spent 10 years leading various monetization teams in search, display, and video. Most notably, Karen started the Branded Entertainment business at YouTube, when, back in the olden times of YouTube 2006, she and a rogue group of sales and product managers, made the connection between big consumer brands and video creators, thus creating the first native video ad experiences monetized on YouTube.
After a historic 10 year run at Google, Karen spent three years as General Manager of AOL Original Video, and was responsible for business strategy and strategic partnerships. In this role, Karen built AOL’s female creative economy in video and as a result, nabbed AOL its first-ever Emmy nod.
Karen is an active angel investor in her own right and through Golden Seeds. Karen is on the board of advisors of Girl Rising, an organization dedicated to girls education in developing countries. She is also on the Springboard Media Council and invests her “human capital” in their pipeline of high-growth, women-led companies.
Karen holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, double majoring in African-American Studies and US History.