Karen Cahn


Female Leadership

Job Title

Founder and CEO | ex-Google and Youtube




New York, USA




Named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Female Founders of 2020, and The City and State of New York’s Most Responsible CEO’s of 2020, Karen is a pioneer in tech and media, as she was an early Google Intrapreneur where she spent 10 years leading various monetization teams in search, display, and video.  In 2016, Cahn founded IFundWomen, a funding marketplace that connects women founders to the resources they need to help their startups thrive.

Speaking Topics

  • Women entrepreneurs in Gen Z

  • Financial empowerment for women

  • Social equity in the investment capital space

  • Female founders

  • Marketing and branding

Expert Profile

Karen is the Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, a startup funding platform for women entrepreneurs. The mission of iFundWomen is to close the funding and confidence gap by providing a full-stack solution including crowdfunding, grants, expert business coaching, and a vibrant community of women business owners collaborating on how to win.

Most notably, Karen started the Branded Entertainment business at YouTube, when, back in the olden times of YouTube 2006, she and a rogue group of sales and product managers, made the connection between big consumer brands and video creators, thus creating the first native video ad experiences monetized on YouTube.

Karen is on the board of advisors of Girl Rising, an organization dedicated to girls’ education in developing countries. She is also on the Springboard Media Council and invests her “human capital” in their pipeline of high-growth, women-led companies.