Head of Marketing & Partnerships
Susan Cooney is a tech industry veteran and serial entrepreneur. She has founded or been on the founding team of 9 startups, 6 with successful exits. With 20+ years of experience in the tech industry, Susan has a record of building value and community across several genre-defining companies.
Susan was a founding team member at LinkExchange, pioneering the online banner advertising industry and joined forces with the founding team at PayPal to help launch the online payments service. Her extensive experience has made her an established presence in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Susan co-founded and served as vice president of marketing for remote PC service pioneer PlumChoice between 2003 and 2008, helping to turn another startup into a market leader. Susan worked with the team at GreatSchools, an NPO that offers public and private schools ratings, reviews and advice, to help drive their social presence.
In 2012, Susan founded Givelocity, a first-of-its-kind online social giving platform for both corporate and every day private donors. She was recognized for her work at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech Conference in 2014 as a finalist in the Startup Idol Competition. She has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Inc. and Forbes.
Susan is a startup coach, mentor and evangelist for underrepresented entrepreneurs and accelerators. She has spoken at several industry events including Women 2.0, AMA Cause Conference, NAPW, and Celebrate!, among others. You can read more about Susan at cooney.com.
Susan graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, with a bachelor’s degree in computer graphic design, with continuing graduate coursework at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the co-author of The e*Auction Insider – Get the Most Out of Your Online Experience and was featured in Tom Peters’ The Circle of Innovation, a book exploring innovative talent-based enterprises.