Over the past ten years, Kathryn Finney has made her mark as a tech entrepreneur, social media visionary, investor, writer, and television correspondent.
Kathryn is the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that fosters economic growth in communities by finding, training, and supporting women of color entrepreneurs. She is also a General Partner in the Harriet Fund, the first pre seed venture fund focused on investing the untapped potential of high potential Black and Latina women-led startups and the founder of the Harriet Angels Syndicate, an angel investment syndicate focused on providing “first” investment to exceptional Black and Latina women founders.
Prior to this, she was an early social media pioneer, founding one of the first lifestyle blogs, the highly influential The Budget Fashionista, which she sold in 2014 to a prominent media company, making her one of the first Black women to sell a tech company.
Since founding DID in 2012, she has led the organization in numerous initiatives that have impacted 2,000 people and helped raise $15MM in investments. Her pioneering research, “#ProjectDiane”, was widely discussed and covered (Forbes, CNN, Fast Company, etc.) for quantifying the often overlooked state of Black women in the tech entrepreneurship space and is impacting policy from state houses to the White House.
On February 26, 2015, Kathryn was honored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer with the “Kathryn Finney Appreciation Day”.
As one of the most respected voices in national conversations on innovation and tech, Kathryn is sought for her insightful and incisive perspectives on building online communities, bringing innovation to emerging communities, and the intersectionality of race and gender in the tech space. She’s been featured in over 1000 press articles and has received numerous awards including, Marie Claire’s 10 Women to Watch in 2016, Entrepreneurs Magazine’s “Woman to Watch in 2016,”, New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, SXSW Black Innovator Award, The Grio 100, Ebony Power 100, Black Enterprise “40 under 40” list, and inducted into Spelman College’s “Game Changers Academy.”
Owing to her unique background as a Yale educated epidemiologist, Kathryn distinguishes herself as a visionary that can elevate even the most mundane facts and figures into intelligent, engaging, and powerful presentations. She effortlessly weaves her trademark Midwestern wit, refreshing candor, and compelling authenticity into every talk, whether tackling the pivotal role of women as business leaders in today’s innovation economy or the principles of Lean Startup for small businesses.
Kathryn has frequently keynoted at conferences such as the Forbes Women’s Summit, Morgan Stanley, Google, South by Southwest (SXSW), New York Women in Communications, Columbia School of Business, and other leading organizations.
She lives in Harlem with her husband, a Software Engineer and her son. Contact her via twitter or at Kathryn @ digitalundivided.com
- Founder of digitalundivided, social enterprise focused on economic empowerment of women and women of color through tech entrepreneurship
- White House Champion of Change
- One of the 100 Most Influential African Americans (EBONY)
- Columnist Inc.com
- “Woman to Watch” Marie Claire Magazine
- “Woman to Watch” Entrepreneur Magazine
- Eisenhower Fellow
- Essence Magazine “Woman of Style”
- Echoing Green Fellowship Finalist
- Social Media Pioneer/Founder of one of the FIRST lifestyle blogs
- Former TODAY show lifestyle correspondent
- Over 1000 press hit and features
Kathryn Finney Bio (243 Words)
Kathryn Finney is the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), an organization that invests in the success of Black and Latina women tech founders by providing them with the network, coaching, and funding to build, scale, and exit their high growth companies. DID runs the BIG Innovation Center, home to the BIG accelerator program, a 16 week program for high potential startups led by Black and Latina Founders. She is also a General Partner in the Harriet Fund, the first pre-seed venture fund focused on investing the untapped potential of high potential Black and Latina women led startups.
One of the first social media “stars”, in 2014 Kathryn sold her site, The Budget Fashionista, to a midwest media company and later was the editor at large at BlogHer (sold to Sheknows), a platform representing 40MM+ women influencers.
An honors graduate of Yale University, and Rutgers University, Kathryn received the Champion of Change Award in 2013 from the White House for her work increasing inclusion in the tech industry and is an Eisenhower Fellow. She’s also listed in Marie Claire’s 10 Women to Watch in 2016, Entrepreneurs Magazine’s “Woman to Watch in 2016”, New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, SXSW Black Innovator Award, The Grio 100, Ebony Power 100, Black Enterprise “40 under 40” list, and inducted into Spelman College’s “Game Changers Academy.”
On February 26, 2015 she was honored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer with the “Kathryn Finney Appreciation Day.”