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.