Sarah Kunst

Sarah Kunst

Partner at Fortis Partners

Location
New York, New York (Greater New York City Area)
Industry
Venture Capital & Private Equity

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Sarah Kunst's Overview

Current
  • Partner at Fortis Partners
  • Commission Member at New York City Department of Education Business and Finance Industry Commission
  • Investor Board Member at Venture For America
Past
  • Web & Mobile Investor at Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Director of Business Development - Kaleidoscope at Inporia
  • Sales, Retail Strategy and Business Development Consultant at Sarah Kunst
Education
Connections

500+ connections

Websites

Sarah Kunst's Experience

Partner

Fortis Partners

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Staffing and Recruiting industry

2014Present (less than a year) SF // NYC // LA

Commission Member

New York City Department of Education Business and Finance Industry Commission

2014Present (less than a year)

Advising the Department of Education on financial sector strategies related to education and experiential learning for high school students in New York City.

Investor Board Member

Venture For America

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

2013Present (1 year)

VFA is a program for young, talented grads to spend two years in the trenches of a start-up with the goal that these graduates will become socialized and mobilized as entrepreneurs moving forward.

Web & Mobile Investor

Mohr Davidow Ventures

Partnership; 11-50 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

January 20132014 (1 year)

On the Web and Mobile investment team

Director of Business Development - Kaleidoscope

Inporia

December 2011December 2012 (1 year 1 month) Greater New York City Area

* Conceptualized, designed and helped launch Kaleidoscope
* Negotiated partnerships with AOL, Conde Nast, Halston, Armani Exchange, etc
* Produced fashion tech event with Tumblr, General Assembly etc at London Fashion Week
* Secured press in the LA Times, WSJ.com, WWD, Mashable, Techcrunch, etc

Sales, Retail Strategy and Business Development Consultant

Sarah Kunst

February 2011December 2011 (11 months)

* Negotiated sales partnerships with Conde Nast, Bonobos, Lot18, Webby Awards and Internet Week
* Generated consumer interest with placements in the New York Times, Techcrunch, Mashable etc
* Produced consumer facing conferences and events for Conde Nast, Dan Abrams, Skillslate, Go Try It On, etc

Events Manager

Guest Of A Guest

June 2009January 2011 (1 year 8 months)

* Increased sales revenue by 355%
* Increased online event calendar volume and pages by 4813%
* Managed and assigned work to 30+ professional photographers
* Created and implemented new revenue streams

Marketing coordinator, fragrance

Chanel

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Luxury Goods & Jewelry industry

June 2008June 2009 (1 year 1 month)

*Developed and executed U.S. marketing strategy for $75 million brand launch
*Analyzed and reported on $8.4 billion in quarterly NPD data
*Managed forecasting and product life cycle for 300 products using Hyperion and SAP
*Created and wrote monthly sales programs to drive high end niche business

Red Bull Student Brand Manager

Red Bull

Privately Held; 5001-10,000 employees; Food & Beverages industry

April 2007May 2008 (1 year 2 months)

Apple Campus Representative

Apple/Volt Marketing

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; AAPL; Consumer Electronics industry

August 2006January 2008 (1 year 6 months)

* Exceeded 125% of sales goals for two quarters
* Conceptualization, planning and presentation of corporate partnership opportunities
* Generation of creative elements for buzz marketing campaign
* Planning, organization and management of relationship building events on Michigan State University’s campus
* Managing and planning on-campus guerilla marketing
* Developing relationships with MSU student organizations to produce co-sponsored events

Marketing intern

Coty Beauty US

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Cosmetics industry

May 2007August 2007 (4 months)

-Managing and tracking sales data
-Monitoring and controlling inventory
-Performing marketing research
-Brand Development
-Brand Maintenance

TAG Body Spray Campus Representative

Fuse Marketing

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

February 2006December 2006 (11 months)

• Personally distributed samples and branded giveaways to more than 6000 students
• Built relationships with 15 National fraternities and sororities and two varsity athletic teams
• Exceeded required giveaway amounts regularly
• Developed relationships that led to exclusive events with nightclubs and gyms
• Coordination of receiving, storing, and distributing branded materials

Merchandising Intern

Vivre

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Luxury Goods & Jewelry industry

May 2006August 2006 (4 months)

• Coordinated fall fashion preview with over 30 magazine editors and more than 50 designers
• Developed new partnership leads through market research
• Researched emerging markets
• Discovered new featured designers
• Communication and negotiation with vendors for product pricing and fulfillment information
• Involved with all aspects of production of the winter 2006 Catalog

Sarah Kunst's Honors and Awards

  • The 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology

    Business Insider
    • April 2014

    Last year, we began tracking the most important black people in tech. Now, we've updated our ranking of some of the most accomplished African-Americans in the industry.

    www.businessinsider.com/important-blacks-in-technology-2014-4#21-sarah-kunst-26

  • Marie Claire Young Gun - Top Women Under 35

    Marie Claire Magazine
    • August 2014
  • The 30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech

    Business Insider
    • April 2013

    Over the last couple of weeks, Business Insider accepted nominations for the most important women 30 years old or under in tech. We combined those nominations with our own research to give our readers a definitive list.
    We were truly blown away by the number of young, successful women in the tech industry. These women hold a variety of roles in the industry: founder, CEO, engineer, venture capitalist — you name it.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/30-important-women-30-or-under-in-tech-2013-4#13-sarah-kunst-18

  • Time Magazine 30 Under 30 Judge

    Time Magazine

    Our panel of millennials worked with TIME editors to select young digital moguls, health pioneers and teachers from around the globe for our 30 Under 30 World Changers series.

    http://ideas.time.com/2013/12/06/meet-the-30-under-30-judges/

  • The Daily Beast Contributor

    The Daily Beast
    • January 2014

    Writing about tech, finance and the economy. http://www.thedailybeast.com/contributors/sarah-kunst.html

  • Levo League's 8 Women To Watch

    Levo League
    • February 2014

    In honor of Black History Month, which we will be celebrating on Levo throughout the month, let’s turn our attention to 8 up and coming African American Women and celebrate them! The women on this list are already kicking butt in their respective fields and industries. We can’t wait to see what they do next!

    http://www.levo.com/articles/lifestyle/african-american-women-to-watch-black-history-month

  • Technovation 2014 Mentor

    Technovation Challenge
    • January 2014

    Through Technovation, young women from all over the world identify and solve problems in their local communities by developing mobile app prototypes and business plans. They work in collaboration with local or long-distance mentors to research, design, code, and pitch their apps to prospective investors. Ten finalists come to Silicon Valley for the World Pitch competition every Spring.

    http://iridescentlearning.org/programs/technovation-challenge/

  • Betabeat’s Spring 2012 Most Poachable Players in Tech

    Betabeat - The New York Observer
    • April 2012

    Welcome to our Spring 2012 edition of the Most Poachable Players in Tech, a list of the most fearless devs, designers and tech whizzes you should be clamoring to snap up for your company.

    http://betabeat.com/2012/04/betabeats-spring-2012-most-poachable-players-in-tech/#slide10

Sarah Kunst's Skills & Expertise

  1. Venture Capital
  2. Early-stage Startups
  3. Fundraising
  4. Finance
  5. Start-ups
  6. Strategy
  7. Marketing
  8. Marketing Strategy
  9. Brand Development
  10. Social Media
  11. Business Development
  12. Digital Strategy
  13. Digital Marketing
  14. Sales
  15. Blogging
  16. Brand Management
  17. Social Networking
  18. Online Advertising
  19. E-commerce
  20. Digital Media
  21. Advising People
  22. Business Strategy
  23. Revenue & Profit Growth
  24. Board Development

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Sarah Kunst's Education

Michigan State University

B.A, Major, Advertising; Minor, International Development

20062008

Activities and Societies: Kappa Alpha Theta, Retailing Student Association, Relay For Life

Texas Christian University

Advertising

20042006

Activities and Societies: TCU Honors Program, TCU Honors Cabinet, TCU Honors Council, TCU Chancellors Leadership Program

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