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Katherine Manuel – COO at House of Blueberry |  IDEA Fund Partners | ex-Thomson Reuters

Katherine Manuel

Raising the next generation of innovative women.

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Parents of invention, how to raise the next generation of innovative women.

Katherine is a seasoned executive with a rich background spanning over 20 years, dedicated to spearheading innovation and transformation initiatives. Recognized for her expertise in bridging the communication divide between technologists and C-suite executives, she has a proven track record of leading small teams to achieve remarkable outcomes. Currently serving as the Chief Operations Officer at House of Blueberry, a pioneering fashion house in the metaverse, Katherine is at the forefront of navigating the intersection of technology and style.

In addition to her role at House of Blueberry, Katherine serves as an operating partner at IDEA Fund Partners, a prominent venture capital firm situated in North Carolina’s Tech Triangle. Her influence extends to academia, where she contributes as a guest lecturer at Duke University, focusing on topics related to innovation and strategy.

Katherine’s professional journey includes a significant tenure at Thomson Reuters, where she played a pivotal role in reshaping the company’s growth trajectory from acquisition-centric to organic-oriented. Her accomplishments encompassed defining a compelling vision, assembling high-performing teams, and instituting international programs that engaged employees, customers, and partners. Notably, the innovation fund she spearheaded invested in over 100 ideas, yielding an exceptional ROI of over 300% within three years of its launch.

A recognized thought leader, Katherine has been featured on Cheddar TV, participated in the Financial Times roundtable series, and garnered attention from Forbes Woman and Innovation Leader. She has also shared her insights through presentations at esteemed events such as the Dallas Business Journal’s Tech Awards and the DFW Alliance of Technology & Women.

Katherine holds an MBA from Duke University, underlining her commitment to academic excellence, and a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College. Her multifaceted career is a testament to her unwavering dedication to driving innovation and fostering strategic growth in diverse environments.

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