Katherine Barr

Katherine Barr focuses primarily on investments in technology platforms and services that leverage data analytics to disrupt large markets. Her specific areas of investment focus include Retail and E-Commerce Innovation (tech, data and logistics-enabled platforms that are disrupting the retail and e-commerce market), Consumer Marketplaces and Services (B2B2C platforms, marketplaces and services that optimize and improve our lives as consumers), and Workforce Innovation (platforms and services that more optimally manage, leverage or replace human workforces with AI (artificial intelligence), ML (machine learning) and/or robotics).

Katherine currently sits on the boards of WorkFusion, BuildDirect, and Ruby Ribbon sourced and was a board observer for Ticketfly, is an investor in Reserve, Ritual, FIGS, KEY Concierge, Zuckerberg Media, Retention Science and Storefront, and is responsible for the investments in Visible Measures and Infusionsoft.

She previously worked as a Negotiator at Vantage Partners for companies such as IBM, Cisco, Applied Materials, and HP, was on the founding team of a communications technology startup called HSA, and was on the marketing team for ACCESS Systems USA, a global software solutions provider for mobile devices.

Katherine teaches a yearly Professional Education Negotiation seminar for the School of Engineering at Stanford. During her graduate studies at Stanford, she was involved in running the E-Challenge business plan competition for BASES (Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students). She also did technical research for the US-Asia Technology Management Center.

Katherine is a Founding Board and Charter Member as well as former Co-Chair of the C100, the leading Canadian technology entrepreneur association in North America, and guest lectures a yearly executive education negotiation session at Stanford University. She is also an Emmy Noether Council Member at the Perimeter Institute, one of the world's leading institutes of theoretical physics.

Katherine has over 11 years of operating and entrepreneurial experience.  This includes being a Senior Negotiator at Vantage Partners for global technology companies such as IBM, Cisco, Applied Materials, and HP on their deals with customers, partners, and service providers, a Senior Product Manager at HSA (a communications startup), and a Senior Marketing Manager at ACCESS (a global software solutions provider for mobile devices).

Facts & Stats

  • She is an advisor to Samasource, on the Organizing Committee for C100, an advisor to 500Startups and founding sponsor of Startup2Startup.
  • She was first inspired by computer technology when her father bought a TRS-80, which she used to play games and write programs in BASIC. 
  • Katherine received her B.A. from McGill University, and completed an M.A. and the M.S. core curriculum in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.