Katie Rae is a highly experienced investor and startup enthusiast with a diverse background spanning technology, management, and academia. She began her journey studying at Oberlin College and then moved on to earn her MBA from Yale School of Management. With a passion for entrepreneurship, Rae co-founded Startup Institute, an organization dedicated to providing practical training to individuals seeking to start their own businesses.
Her interest in technology led her to hold key product management roles in companies such as Microsoft and Lycos, Inc., where she also served as Vice President of Community and Communications. She was Senior Vice President of Product at Eons, Inc. and Co-General Manager at Ragingbull.com with Alta Vista Solutions. Her career history shows her expertise in developing and executing strategies for successful companies.
Currently, Rae serves as the CEO and Managing Partner at The Engine, an organization that aims to create a community of innovators from different fields to solve critical global challenges. She also held the position of Managing Director at Project 11, and former Chair and Managing Director of Techstars Boston, an influential startup accelerator.
Rae's passion for teaching led her to become a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for startups and has helped entrepreneurs achieve their goals. She is a well-regarded investor, motivator, and mentor.