Written by Danny Glunz on March 4
It’s 8am when Kate Shillo walks into the office.
She works for Galvanize Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund. Kate manages a fund for Galvanize and lives her dream of helping early-stage companies grow. Her energy comes from working with entrepreneurs and seeing them go from vision to execution.
Before Galvanize, Kate’s career began with a bang. For two years, she worked as Martha Stewart’s Executive Assistant. Kate says her time with Martha helped shape the way she thinks about business. During her tenure, Kate saw Martha Stewart become the first celebrity to brand herself, paving the way for what is now considered the norm in Hollywood.
“She was incredibly creative. That not only could things be beautiful and useful, in terms of what she was creating, but also the creativity in structuring her business.”
Kate had the opportunity to work with Ken Lerer next, who was equally as creative in his approach to business. She worked alongside him at Huffington Post and saw the company’s growth curve first hand. From there, she moved with him to Lerer Ventures where she oversaw 3 funds and over 200 investments.