Karen Cahn

Founder & CEO, iFundWomen

Karen CahnKaren Cahn is the Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform that funds startups and small businesses to increase female entrepreneur’s access to capital. Before iFundWomen, Karen founded VProud, a video-driven conversation platform, built for women by women. VProud’s mission is to cultivate honest conversations among women, in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. Launched in late 2014, VProud serves as an open community for women all over the world, to discuss personal and professional issues, in a troll-free environment, centered in video.

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.  More 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, launched Emmy-nominated series with Tiffany Shlain, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, iJustine, and many other female creators.

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.

Karen holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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. 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.