Karen Kerr has a long track record in Venture Capital and manufacturing. For over 2 decades, she has been developing technology-based businesses, serving as Executive Managing Director at GE Ventures, as well as the Senior Director of New Ventures and Alliances at USC's Stevens Center for Innovation (just to name a few). Today, she's the Managing Director at Exposition Ventures in Chicago, IL.
In this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, we discuss Karen’s exciting career in venture capital, how she got started and what she has planned for the future. We also take an in depth look into where manufacturing fits into venture capital, as well as which companies are leading the way with innovative technologies. We round off our talk with what Karen prioritizes when looking for new companies to invest in.
In this episode, find out:
We start by discussing Karen’s background and how she first got into venture capital
What type of firms Karen’s worked with in the past
Karen discusses her projects with Exposition Ventures
We talk about what venture capital looks at when considering new businesses
How GE Ventures has changed over the years
Karen discusses how far into Industry 4.0 we really are
Karen talks us through her interest in manufacturing and technology
Interesting companies that are harnessing Industry 4.0
We wrap up our conversation by talking about Karen’s love of baseball and single malt scotch.