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University of Delaware 1975

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Karen Riley

Karen has been a member of the Angels’ Forum since 2007. She is a seasoned executive in enterprise software and services companies, where she has led businesses in turnaround, high growth, acquisition and rightsizing situations.

Karen currently serves on the boards/advisory boards for Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery, Panterra Networks, Taulia Inc and GeoG2 Solutions, Most recently, Karen has served on the Board of Directors of Portal Software (acquired by Oracle); and on the Strategic Advisory Boards for DeepDyve Inc., Transera Communications and Princeton Softech (acquired by IBM).

Prior to that, she was SVP of Global Services at Siebel Systems from 1999 through 2003, where she built and led the worldwide direct sales and delivery of Siebel’s professional services, technical and end user education, sales effectiveness consulting, and maintenance contract renewals - a $1B+ business at its peak. Prior to Siebel, Karen had a 20 year career at IBM where she held executive positions in product management, industry solution sales, systems integration and outsourcing services, and was most recently General Manager of IBM Global Services’ CRM and Business Process Outsourcing division.

Karen is currently an advisor for Astia companies - Astia is a nonprofit organization which mentors and advises startup companies led by women entrepreneurs. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the FWE&E (Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & Executives), a network of senior women in the Silicon Valley.

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Company Date Round Size Participants
Addvocate 7/2013Series A$2.39M11



  1. Addvocate Raises $2.39M For Tools That Manage Corporate Social Media Operations ( [edit]
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