Kate Whitcomb

Program Director, HAX Growth

As Program Director at HAX Growth, Kate is responsible for strategy and execution of the HAX Growth program with over 50 companies each year, along with Managing Partner Cyril Ebersweiler. This includes, but is not limited to, management of recruitment and due diligence, participant selection, curriculum design, program implementation, portfolio management, and actively building the HAX Growth ecosystem in San Francisco and globally. She is an acclaimed thought leader and speaker on retail for startups.

Before HAX, Kate spent four years with Target Corporation, where she was responsible for over $500m in total product spend across the beauty, home goods, baby products and IoT categories. Most recently, Kate was Director of Merchandising for Target’s Consumer IoT team in San Francisco, where she focused on preparing Bay Area hardware startups for launch. Through HAX and Target, she has helped over 100 startups launch and sell products.

Kate is a mentor at Alchemist Accelerator and ReadWrite Labs, and is on the Advisory Board of Amazon Launchpad. Kate has spoken on the topic of launching products extensively around the United States.
Prior to her retail experience, Kate was a strategy consultant in Boston and London focusing on M&A transactions in the pharma, retail and entertainment industries. Kate has her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA in Studio Art and Economics from Kenyon College.

 

SOSV Blog Posts by Kate:

Nobody Made Me Write This: A Female Perspective From Inside the Tech/VC World

The Retail Secret No One Else Will Tell You

HAX Boostcamp: Week 1