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About Sarah

Managing Director, Cleo Capital, VC focused on female and diversely founded companies

Sarah Kunst, managing director of Cleo Capital, is an investor and entrepreneur who has worked at Apple, Red Bull, Chanel & Mohr Davidow Ventures. She founded LA Dodgers backed Proday and was a senior advisor at Bumble where she focused on their corporate VC arm Bumble Fund. She is also a contributing editor at Marie Claire Magazine. She is on the board of the Michigan State University Foundation endowment.

Kunst has been named a Future Innovator by Vanity Fair, Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 and a top 25 innovator in tech by Cool Hunting. She has been recognized for her work in Business Insider as a 30 under 30 Women in Tech and Top African-American in Tech & Pitchbook Top Black VC To Watch, honored as a top woman in STEM by Create & Cultivate and Marie Claire Magazine named her a Young Gun to watch. She has written for Techcrunch, Forbes, Wall St. Journal, Fortune and Marc Andreessen named her one of his 55 Unknown Rock Stars in Tech.

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Kunst has been profiled in the press extensively for her role in the #metoo movement, her work at Cleo Capital, and her work on the Michigan State board. Her fund is backed by tech luminaries like Melinda Gates and Arielle Zuckerberg and top funds like Kleiner Perkins and Lightspeed.

Sarah in Action

I thought Sarah was spot on in terms of the content and the theme we were trying to get across. An important topic. She was very articulate. I thought she and Deborah had a really great synergy as well which definitely helped.

CogX (Virtual)

On behalf of Invest Ottawa and our community, I would like to thank Sarah for our AccelerateOTT keynote. She was truly outstanding – an absolute inspiration.

Invest Ottawa (Virtual)

She was great, thanks. We're getting tremendous feedback, particularly about Sarah. I've never seen Ali Velshi more excited by an interview -- and he's interviewed Obama a bunch! Thanks so much.

IWSS Festival (Virtual)
What Sarah Talks About

Great Ideas Come from Great People

The underrepresentation of diverse and female Venture Capitalists contributes to the lack of startups run by diverse and female founders. Sarah is changing this paradigm, and in her presentation, explains how she is navigating trends to find the next great startup, regardless of their founder’s gender, race, religion or background.

The Future is WOW

Tech Trends That Will Define The Years To Come: The world is speeding through an innovation curve bringing along with it trillions of dollars of possibilities. As a technology investor, Sarah looks towards the future to maximize returns on investment opportunities. Dive into the world of future tech and innovation. Explore the harvesting of rare minerals and cannabis innovations, robotics and biotechnology implications, warehouse farming and ocean tech, fintech and the privacy/security concerns facing us all.

Boom or Bust – Understanding Cryptocurrency

Tracking Bitcoin since it’s nascent stages, Sarah unwraps the confusing landscape of cryptocurrencies. From understanding the basic risks/rewards for a consumer, navigating government regulations and intervention, and dissecting how corporations are taking advantage of this fintech revolution, she provides insight from the powerplayers in crypto.