DiscoverSuperwomen with Rebecca MinkoffPay Yourself From Day 1: Funding Female-Owned Startups with Karen Cahn
Pay Yourself From Day 1: Funding Female-Owned Startups with Karen Cahn

Pay Yourself From Day 1: Funding Female-Owned Startups with Karen Cahn

Update: 2019-11-05
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As employee #213, Karen Cahn joined Google relatively early in the game. Back in the day she was an account executive covering ad sales in New England and the entirety of Canada. A seemingly monumental task, Karen was up for the challenge, building keyword lists from scratch to help develop the system that we now have to thank for targeted advertising.


After Google acquired YouTube and Karen was tasked with creating lucrative deals for the largely male user platform, she began to wonder, “How can I fund these deals for women?” While her ideas were not received well by her co-workers, and even her first company built upon these goals struggled, Karen was undeterred. Her passion for female leadership and equality led her to start again, this time founding iFundWomen, a startup funding platform for female entrepreneurs. Not only does iFundWomen help raise capital, they offer coaching and mentorship services, and perhaps best of all, a community of likeminded individuals.


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Big Ideas



  • The subtle art of crowd-funding well. [17:33]

  • The personal challenges we face as women living within a patriarchy, including familial and professional experiences that can be painful. [22:25]



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Pay Yourself From Day 1: Funding Female-Owned Startups with Karen Cahn

Pay Yourself From Day 1: Funding Female-Owned Startups with Karen Cahn

Rebecca Minkoff