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University of Southern California (USC), BA 2001
Communications & Business

Former Companies

Conference Director
Marketing Associate

Current Financial Organizations

Partner & Chief Geek Whisperer

Former Financial Organizations

Web Presences


Christen O'Brien

Christen O’Brien is a Partner at 500 Startups and part of the founding team, where she leads Business Development & Corporate Partnerships. Her mission is to grow 500’s global community, provide entrepreneurs with access to education & resources for building technology startups, & better connect the 500 portfolio companies with opportunities for services, partnerships, distribution, and strategic investments.

She has a background in business development, marketing, and content/conference production. Before 500 Startups, Christen was the founder of reWIRED events and also worked in investment banking, law, healthcare, and non-profit verticals.

She lives in San Francisco and spends free time with her husband and their (spoiled) blue Great Dane, Virginia Woof.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Partender 9/2013Seed$50k9



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