Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder
Karen is passionate about being an entrepreneur and making the world a better place. She firmly believes that building a technology company in the natural products space will encourage people to shop healthier because makeena will make it easy for them to make smarter choices. Karen became an entrepreneur in the early 1990s when she moved to Boulder, Colorado, and built and operated two interactive touchscreen kiosk companies, one for the real estate industry and one for the natural products industry. Since then, Karen has been general counsel for a number of emerging growth and publicly-held software and data analytics companies. Karen earned her degree in accounting and business from Indiana University and a CPA and law degree from the University of Illinois. She also attended Oxford University, focusing on international business transactions, and taught Principles of Business for Entrepreneurs in the Cross Campus Entrepreneurship Certificate Program at the University of Colorado.
David believes that excellence, when pursued in technology, produces systems that lay the foundation for business success and deliver outstanding value for customers. With over 20 years of experience in software and systems development, David expertly guides projects from inception to deployment and then works with teams to enable continuous sustainable enhancement. He has a tremendous breadth of hands-on know how to draw against, from commercial ERP software to high-availability, high-profile backends for world famous media companies to lean MVPs for hot startups. David earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Chief Marketing Officer & Co-founder
Leslie has been an incorrigibly curious customer strategist and researcher for 12 years. Between P&G and WhiteWave, now Danone North America, she’s led all manners of research around the world and across dozens of industries for billion-dollar brands. Prior to joining makeena, she founded Truth Bomb – the first and only customer insights resource exclusively for startups. Her superpower is wielding data to tell powerful stories and grow businesses. Leslie cares deeply about holistic living, clean eating, and saving the planet – and now she’s helping others do the same through Makeena. Leslie earned her B.S. in Public Relations from Syracuse University. She since learned her lesson and now enjoys almost daily sunshine in Colorado.