CEO & Co-Founder, Trendalytics
Karen is CEO and co-founder of Trendalytics, a product intelligence platform that boosts a retailer's competitive edge by keeping them at the pulse of evolving consumer tastes. Trendalytics surfaces actionable merchandising insights by analyzing consumer demand signals across the intersection of influencer social buzz, online product searches and SKU data across the market.
Karen has over 15 years of experience in consumer brands, retail and technology. 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 opportunities and new retail concept opportunities. Karen started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs & Co. where she executed over $1 billion in technology and media transactions. She is a venture partner at Grace Beauty Capital.
Karen has appeared on the Wall Street Journal, contributed to Forbes and WWD, and spoken at Harvard and Strata. Karen holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from UCLA. Her research at Harvard included studies in multi-channel retailing, luxury diffusion brands and supply chain innovation for emerging designers.