Kara Goldin

CEO, Entrepreneurship, Nutrition, Success

Travels from San Francisco, California, USA

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Kara Goldin Profile

  • Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of Hint inc., the San Francisco-based company which produces the leading unsweetened flavored water.

  • Formerly the VP of shopping and e-commerce partnerships at AOL, she grew the shopping business from a concept to more than $1 billion in revenue in less than seven years.

  • Kara is a top entrepreneur speaker who has an extraordinary track record of business success.
  • Kara Goldin is a purpose-driven, inspiring entrepreneur. She is a former AOL executive and the founder of hint®, the leading lifestyle brand of naturally flavored water. Goldin created the San Francisco-based beverage company as an alternative to soda and sugary beverages. hint® has also recently launched a sunscreen spray that is oxybenzone and paraben-free and scented with fruit essence.

    Goldin has been named among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of the six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Her latest book, Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters, is a Wall Street Journal bestseller and is a rare opportunity to gain insights and proven advice unlike anything you’ll find in the conventional business press. Kara combines real honest stories from her life with observations that might just change how you think about your own.

    Further accolades include EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Northern California (one of), San Francisco Business Times Most Influential Woman (one of), Fast Company Most Creative People in Business (one of), EY Winning Woman 2012, Fortune Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink 2015, the Gold Stevie award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, AMEX OPENforum’s Women to Watch and the Marketers That Matter award for Brand Building, Small Company.

    Previously, Golden was Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, where she helped lead the growth of its startup shopping business to a $1billion enterprise.

    Goldin is an active business speaker and writer, a member of C200, and a member of San Francisco Bay Young Presidents Organization, the world’s premier chief executive leadership organization. In 2016, she launched The Kara Network, a digital resource and mentoring platform for both aspiring and established entrepreneurs.

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    How do you engage consumers and build a brand that consumers love? Hear how former tech executive-turned-beverage entrepreneur Kara Goldin created one of the largest, private-held non-alcoholic beverage companies in the U.S. today: Hint. We will hear Kara’s story and her journey in building a great company and brand; how sharing with authenticity is the future for any brand; and how building a new company, or even a new category, is possible when you have a mission and purpose. Don’t miss being inspired from this undaunted entrepreneur.


    When former tech executive Kara Goldin decided to start a unsweetened flavored water company, Hint®, she had zero experience in the beverage industry or starting her own company – but that didn’t stop her. She asked questions, overcame her doubts, faced her fears and forged ahead to create the largest privately-held, non-alcoholic beverage company in the U.S. today. In addition to launching a new product and company, she created a new category and disrupted one of the largest most competitive industries around. How? She flew the plane as she was building it. Goldin inspires and humors audiences with her stories and authenticity while sharing lessons of what she learned along the way.


    How did a former tech executive-turned-entrepreneur and now beverage Founder and CEO create one of the largest, private-held non-alcoholic beverage companies in the U.S. today? Kara Goldin created a new category in the beverage industry, unsweetened flavored water, after realizing that her challenges in her own health were solvable by shifting away from diet sweeteners. How can an industry be disrupted by someone with no industry experience? What lessons can we learn from mission and purpose driven entrepreneurs? Kara shares her journey to success from building a business from scratch and raising startup capital as a female entrepreneur to transforming rejection and challenges while turning those into opportunities and learning experiences. Goldin inspires with her obvious commitment to making a difference in the health of consumers. Her story of following her passion and making the leap to an entirely new industry is never boring. This talk will leave audiences energized and ready to move forward with excitement!


    What would you do if you didn’t worry about failing? Kara Goldin knows that everyone has doubts and fears. She certainly did. And so do all successful people as well. Entrepreneurs. Managers. Humans. But the key to business and life is figuring out how NOT to allow doubts and fears to limit you from moving forward. You need to face those doubts and fears head on and learn from them. And learn a lot about yourself along the way. You don’t have to be a fearless risk taker to start a new company. And you can hike the Grand Canyon even if you are afraid of heights as long as you are willing to face your fear of heights head on. Goldin reveals how having zero experience in an industry is daunting and scary but learning what you are capable of makes it all worthwhile. She explains how being curious and vulnerable created better opportunities. And finally, how living undaunted is the key to building the life you love.

    Building a Brand in the Name of Health – Her Own

    After having her third child, Goldin was overweight had adult acne, and was generally low energy. She realized that diet soda was the culprit, and decided to switch to water. She saw results quickly, but hated the taste of water, so she started slicing up fruit and putting it in water, which was just the hint of flavor she needed to make drinking water more enjoyable. Goldin knew that there were lots of consumers addicted to sugary drinks but plain water was too boring, and when she couldn’t find a product on the shelves like the one she created in her kitchen, she decided to produce it herself.

    Purpose Over Profit

    This is a hot topic now, especially with the rise of so many companies that are just out there pushing profit over consumer benefits. Several brands that consumers think are “healthy” are not doing the consumer any good with their products. She can speak to how she owns the hint® board, most of the company, no private equity, and more. She can dictate protocols like no cans, for example, because she does not want to give the consumer BPA even though companies often make ten times the profit doing that.

    Disrupt or Die – How to Take Out Any Industry & Come Out Ahead

    This the story of how Goldin went up against the $100 billion soda industry. She has innovated a product into a drink that consumers can enjoy without concern. Several major brands that have since gone bankrupt or closed their doors firmly believed they had no need to innovate to captivate consumers, whereas companies like hint® did the opposite and continue to thrive.

    How She Hustled to Get Her First Job

    Goldin will share the unusual story of how she landed her very first job at TIME. She flew all over the country and had well over 60 offer letters by the end of the interview process.

    Don’t Call Me “Sweetie”

    How Goldin took a putdown from a major influence/powerful figure in the beverage industry and flipped it into a $500 million brand.

    What People are Saying about Seeing Kara Speak

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    I love Kara’s energy and passion! She is a tour de force who uses her influence as a source for goodness and positivity.
    – Elon University

    Kara is an effortless and inspirational speaker. Telling the story of Hint and the journey to the Nextdoor team was the energy the company needed. Her focus on health and community and her authenticity as a leader are important messages for all to hear.
    – Nextdoor

    Kara joined our Investment Banking Women’s Leadership Program for a fireside chat. Our group benefited greatly from the time with her and we look forward having her back for future events.
    – Goldman Sachs

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    Books by Kara Goldin:

    Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters

    Undaunted will inspire you to move past your fears and defy the doubters. It doesn’t matter whether you feel confident; it matters what you actually do.

    Undaunted is a rare opportunity to gain insights and proven advice unlike anything you’ll find in the conventional business press. I’ve combined real stories from my life with observations that might just change how you think about your own.

    Whether you want to get healthy, start a company, break an addiction, find a new career or just grow in life, Undaunted will inspire you to just go for it and help you find the courage to get there.

    My secret? Be Undaunted. Deal with your fears. Move forward despite uncertainty. Turn criticism into motivation. Just go for it!

    Setbacks will come, but I’ll show you that you can learn from failures and frustrations and keep advancing toward your true purpose.

    What if not having “the right” credentials or vast industry experience is the secret to making things happen? And what if we didn’t let our fear of failure stop us?

    Part autobiography, part business memoir and lots of insights on self-development, Undaunted offers stories that impart lessons that any reader can apply to their own path. This isn’t about quick fixes. Undaunted focuses on long-term success, showing you how to take control of breaking down barriers and moving forward.

    Undaunted won’t solve your problems and challenges. You will. But it will help you see through other’s experiences that it’s possible to do so.

    Accept your fears, but decide to be Undaunted.

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