Kristen Koh Goldstein co-manages the direct private investments for AthenaPartners, her family office. She is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairwoman of HireAthena and the Acting CFO of AngelList, both portfolio companies. Other investments in the portfolio have included Salesforce, Twitter, Anaplan, Jet.com, Blue Bottle Coffee and many others.
Driven by her own need, Kristen started BackOps (now HireAthena) in 2010 to enable skilled moms to work from home while their young children are at school. In 2013 with institutional backing from several investors including Sherpa Capital, eVentures, Google Ventures, and HVF Labs, the company was able to build the software (Scalus) to scale the business nationally, creating an all-in-one solution for workflow, process automation, and communication.
Kristen's passion as an operator investor is to help promising companies to clear the growth stage from 20 - 50 employees (Series A/B) when startups must transition from maniacally building and scaling a product, to building a cross-functional team, a wildly different skill set. Ironically, precisely what made a homogenous team successful from 0 - 20 will often drive the team to fail from 20 - 50 because the need to quickly consolidate diverse, dissenting opinion is really hard. Sadly, many extraordinary startups fail to cross this chasm -- the blinders caused by sexism, racism and/or agism is paralyzing.
Prior to HireAthena, Kristen was a buyside investment analyst for Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse (First Boston Asset Management). She was also the CFO of Loyalty Lab (now Tibco) and Director Finance of Epinions (now eBay), where she developed a deep expertise in financial operations.
Kristen, educated at Cornell (BS) and Harvard (MBA), is a mother of three who was motivated to start BackOps (now HireAthena) not only to create flexible work schedules for moms, but also to provide effective back office services to SMBs, startups, and family offices.