Karen Rands

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Compassionate Capitalist & Venture Catalyst
Karen's Skills
Business Development
Finance
Fundraising
Background

About Karen

Hundreds of entrepreneurs have benefited from my workshops and free educational materials enabling them to create sustainable businesses and find the funding they needed to launch and grow their businesses. I have worked directly with dozens of CEOs as a strategic adviser that led to more profitable operations and access to growth capital, and continue to provide professional help and access to capital. I have worked with investors for over 15 years to understand what motivates them to invest and offering educational tools for them to reduce their risks with private company investment. I am the author of Inside Secrets to Angel Investing and the founder of the Compassionate Capitalist Movement.
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Quote

A Compassionate Capitalist is someone who invests knowledge, experience, time, resources and money into entrepreneurial endeavors to bring innovation to the market in order to create jobs and create wealth for all the founders and investors. - Karen Rands

Work Experience

Managing Director

NBAI - Network of Business Angels and Investors

September 2005 - December 2012

Angel Investor group primarily focused in Atlanta GA, but leading and syndicating investments from the Southeast, Northeast and across the nation. At one time, the one of the most active angel groups in the Southeast and recognized nationally by Inc Magazine. They were credited for over investment in over 60 companies totally over $23 Million dollars and the creation of over 200 jobs.

Chief Visionary Officer

Kugarand Capital Holdings, LLC

June 2000 - Today

Umbrella organization and legal entity for the consulting services provided by Launch Funding Network (LAUNCHfn) for entrepreneurs, the virtual angel investor membership organization the National Network of Angel Investors (NNOAI), the production of information products targeted to entrepreneurs and investors, and the management of Karen Rands as a speaker, author, mentor and adviser. Learn more at http://kugarand.com

Complex Opportunity Business Manager (among others)

IBM

June 1987 - February 2000

Intrapreneur within a big organization working in multiple divisions and multiple channels. Worked on the launch of products and services many having to do with the automation and connectivity of the personal workstation within the re-seller channel and direct to IBM's customers. Focus areas included complex networks, mobile and handhelds, visual database management, cloud computing and application delivery, pre-curser to the internet of things, local and wide area wireless connectivity, and complex integrated unique solutions. The last job focused on helping entrepreneurs integrate IBM products and services into their solutions so that they could attract venture capital and come back and spend it with IBM.

Education

Emory University

BA in Economics and minor in English

1981 - 1985

University of Florida

Master of Business Administration, focus in Marketing

1985 - 1987