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Karen is Co-founder and CEO of Trendalytics, a product intelligence engine that leverages machine learning to measure consumer demand for brands and products. With over 15 years of experience in commerce and technology, Karen worked with companies across the supply chain - department stores, luxury retailers and independent designers. She started her entrepreneurial ventures by founding StyleMusée, a visual portal to discover fashion social media by taste preference. At Goode Partners, she executed the firm’s investment in SkullCandy (NASDAQ: SKUL) and worked on the turnaround of a luxury specialty retailer. Previously she worked in Gap Inc.’s Corporate Strategy group, where she assessed acquisition and new retail concept opportunities such as Piperlime.com. Karen started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs & Co. where she executed over $1 billion in technology and media transactions.
Karen holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from UCLA where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Her research at Harvard included studies in multi-channel retailing, luxury diffusion brands and supply chain innovation for emerging designers. Karen initially pursued a B.A. in Fashion Design at Otis College of Art & Design, where she was a Grant recipient and recognized on the Dean’s List.
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