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Karen Cahn, Founder & CEO of iFundWomen

Karen Cahn is the Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, a fundraising ecosystem for women-led startups and small businesses. The mission of iFundWomen is to close the funding and confidence gap by providing a crowdfunding platform, coaching, and connections all designed to help female entrepreneurs start better businesses. 

ArtSugar is beyond psyched to showcase Karen's curated collection and work with such a dynamic, strong mentor to female entrepreneurs everywhere. Karen is a force and we are thrilled to be part of her community and launch an iFundWomen campaign! She even curated a collection for us you can purchase directly from our campaign at a special, exclusive iFundWomen price. It also comes with one hour of business coaching with Karen for any entrepreneur who buys the reward. People pay up to $1,000 an hour for access to Karen's brain, so don't delay - this reward is a gift!

After meeting Karen at the Project Entrepreneur summit in April 2018, ArtSugar Founder, Alix Greenberg, was so inspired, she quickly joined Karen's iFundWomen private accelerator program. And BTW its so much more than campaign prep! It's life prep, confidence building, and learning how to truly own your pitch. Karen is a seasoned business leader and monetization guru from Google, YouTube, and Aol. Karen's no-BS approach to getting your business off the ground will not only speed up your time to market, and get you customers way faster than if you were on your own, but the confidence you will gain in your ability to make good business decisions will be life changing. 

This September, ArtSugar is launching its crowdfunding campaign! At ArtSugar we believe that art makes life sweet and giving back makes it sweeter, so we're donating 50% of all campaign contributions to CodePurple Now, the only national awareness and advocacy campaign to drive a bold new approach to federal pancreatic cancer research. Alix feels strongly about this cause in particular because of her personal connection to the disease. Help us grow ArtSugar and fight this terrible cancer by contributing to our iFundWomen campaign (you'll get rewards too!). 30K in 30 days - let's do this!

More on Karen: Karen is a pioneer in the digital media space, and was an early Google employee where she spent 10 years leading various monetization teams in search, display and video. Most recently, 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 it's first-ever Emmy nod. 

Prior to AOL, Karen spent ten years at Google and YouTube, where she held various leadership roles in video, search and display advertising. Most notably, Karen started the Branded Entertainment business at YouTube, where she concentrated on the marriage of big brands and video content.

Karen is on the board of advisors of Girl Rising, an organization dedicated to girl’s education in developing countries. She is also on the Springboard Media Council, a highly respected group of experts across the world of digital media, content management and discovery, TV, advertising and other media verticals who invest their “human capital” in Springboard and 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. Originally from the suburbs of Boston, Karen migrated to New York City in 1998 to be a part of the early days of the digital media revolution with Salon.com. When she's not working, Karen can be found in her kitchen in Montclair, NJ baking Toll House cookies with her kids (because there is no substitute for Toll House), or outside doing something sporty like playing golf, yoga, tennis, tetherball, or any sport involving a ball and maybe a bat.