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Episode 119

Kathleen Warner

Entrepreneurial, results-oriented EVP/MD @NYCEDC.

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Kathleen Warner is the Executive Vice President & Managing Director of the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Centre for Economic Transformation. Kathleen is a lawyer by training, but following the start of her career in both the private and public sectors, she took a risk and decided to help launch Startup America where she was the founding COO. There Kathleen did everything from building the Startup America brand, to executing a growth strategy, and working with their founding sponsors which included: the Case Foundation & the Kauffman Foundation, an all-entrepreneur board, and with its key public partner, the White House. Following the success of Startup America, Kathleen was looking forward to the next opportunity and decide to undertake the challenge of helping New York City become the global model for tech and innovation. As executive vice president, Kathleen works hand in hand with industry leaders to address the needs of NYC's legacy and emerging businesses to spur economic growth and opportunities for all New Yorkers. Kathleen joins us to share her story, what it was like building Startup America, some of the toughest challenges they had to overcome, how she approaches managing massive partnerships with key stakeholders, what she’s working on today at the Centre for Economic Transformation, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Kathleen got into tech & startups
  • Learn more about how Kathleen approached building Startup America and a national community of entrepreneurs
  • Learn more about how Kathleen approaches building and managing key partnerships with major stakeholders like the White House
  • Learn more about what it's been like building a career in both the public and private sectors
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Kathleen Warner is the Executive Vice President & Managing Director of the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Centre for Economic Transformation.

Kathleen is a lawyer by training, but following the start of her career in both the private and public sectors, she took a risk and decided to help launch Startup America where she was the founding COO.

There Kathleen did everything from building the Startup America brand, to executing a growth strategy, and working with their founding sponsors which included: the Case Foundation & the Kauffman Foundation, an all-entrepreneur board, and with its key public partner, the White House.

Following the success of Startup America, Kathleen was looking forward to the next opportunity and decide to undertake the challenge of helping New York City become the global model for tech and innovation.

As executive vice president, Kathleen works hand in hand with industry leaders to address the needs of NYC's legacy and emerging businesses to spur economic growth and opportunities for all New Yorkers.

Kathleen joins us to share her story, what it was like building Startup America, some of the toughest challenges they had to overcome, how she approaches managing massive partnerships with key stakeholders, what she’s working on today at the Centre for Economic Transformation, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

2:13
Where are you from and what did you study?

2:49
How did your passion for tech and entrepreneurship develop?

4:07
So as mentioned, you were the COO for Startup America. Can you tell us more about Startup America, their mission, and what it was all about?

5:59
What was it like building that type of national organization at a time when entrepreneurship & startups were less mainstream than they are today? What were some of the biggest challenges & wins you had in the early days?

9:30
Part of your role was leading partnerships with the Case Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, as well as the White House. How do you approach managing those type of key stakeholders and delivering impactful results with their help?

11:50
How did you “market” or build buy-in from entrepreneurs and startups over time?

14:40
Do you have a funny or awesome “success” story from this experience that you could share with us?

17:46
Today, you’re now part of the New York Economic Development Corporation, leading the Centre for Urban Innovation. What is this organization and how did you create the opportunity to join the team there?

19:36
What are some of the biggest challenges you’re facing and how does an organization like the CUI contribute to growing the startup scene in a city like NYC?

22:26
What’s next for the Centre for Urban Innovation?

25:03
What are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used?

26:06
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

27:43
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Kathleen Warner on Twitter
Kathleen Warner on the Web
NYC EDC on Twitter
NYC EDC on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Prisma
Strava
Headspace
Old School Ventures
Feld Thoughts
Both Sides of The Table
Blavity

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