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Tracy N
Tracy N gave Kugarand Capital Holdings, LLC a 5 star

Karen is extremely knowledgeable. She gave me some very insightful information on getting my products noticed in the marketplace, from blogging to developing relationships with local partners. She also gave me resource's for (...)

Ples B
Ples B
Ples B

Karen Karen has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience working in her field and has established quite a reputation as a go-to person for financial consulting and development. I see her as the resource I always seek when I make (...)

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Daryl F
Founder for startup company in the Virtual Reality Entertainment Sector via email after completing the business plan and document review services
Virtual Reality Entertainment Sector

Hello Karen; Great insight! A few things that we are on the same page where the info you had (reviewed sync) was outdated but from what you are saying, I've done (most of it already ~sync) and realized some of the things you are saying (...)

Calvin G
Founder of a start up textile company focusing on designer foot and head ware

Karen, thanks again for yesterday....very excited about the plans we developed. I now know what I need to do to leverage my team and resources to create the viral WOM needed to gain critical mass on a crowd fund campaign. Thanks also (...)

Dr. Charles Hofer
Professor Emeritus, Kennesaw State University, Founder of the Georgia Bowl Business Plan Competition, Entrepreneur Adviser, Serial Entrepreneur, Investor
Dr. Charles Hofer

I first met Karen through the MIT Forum many years ago. I asked her to be a judge at one of my "Concept to Reality" competitions and then in our extremely important Georgia Bowl. I knew she advised companies and organized investor (...)

an investor/entrepreneur pitch event, from a media investment fund manager:
an investor/entrepreneur pitch event, from a media investment fund manager:

I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with your events and the caliber of companies you qualify to pitch at your events. You do an excellent job of organizing and moderating them.
I've met a number of very interesting (...)

Andrew Zaitlan (Sept 2011)
Andrew Zaitlan (Sept 2011)
Andrew Zaitlan (Sept 2011)

Karen, it is amazing how you can cut right to the heart of the matter and in a matter of minutes direct your decades of experience working with innovation and entrepreneurs and provide insight on how to get to market, get growing and (...)

Vicki W., Southern
Vicki W., Southern
Vicki W., Southern

Karen is like an "elevator pitch whisperer". I first saw her spin her magic at the 2010 Southeast Venture Conference. We were networking during the happy hour and she asked me for my elevator pitch, asked a few questions, and after (...)

Rick
Rick (last name excluded for confidentiality reasons), RPN, 2010

I have known Karen Rands from general business networking for many years before I decided to officially engage her firm, Launchfn. Years ago, in my first true entrepreneurial endeavor, all sorts of people were saying "raise $5M not (...)

Larry Jennings, Director of Sales (Oct 2011)
Larry Jennings, Director of Sales (Oct 2011)
Larry Jennings, Director of Sales (Oct 2011)

"Karen, You and this event were absolutely amazing! I've been raving about it and positioning people I know to attend the next one."
Larry Jennings, Director of Sales (Oct 2011)

local Venture Capitalist after attending our Fast Pitch Capital Community Celebration
Glenn McGonnigle (Sept 2011)
Glenn McGonnigle (Sept 2011)

Karen, though I couldn't stay until the end, looks like you have some promising companies and certainly great energy in the room. Keep up the good work!

Sincerely, Angela Pitts, Stategic Vision (Aug 2011)
Sincerely, Angela Pitts, Stategic Vision (Aug 2011)
Sincerely, Angela Pitts, Stategic Vision (Aug 2011)

Thank you so much for your time and the valuable information you shared on the phone call. I will look at all the options to decide what is best for me.
Your follow up email explains things quite well. You have given me a lot to (...)

David Gardner, VenueGen (May 2011)
David Gardner, VenueGen (May 2011)
David Gardner, VenueGen (May 2011)

Thanks, Karen for the opportunity to present to your investor group. It was refreshing to have a great one on one interaction with real investors in a private and intimate setting. The feedback you provided from the investors is more (...)

Erin Simms, Yummy Sticks (May 2011) after an initial consultation
Erin Simms, Yummy Sticks (May 2011) after an initial consultation
Erin Simms, Yummy Sticks (May 2011) after an initial consultation

Karen,
Thanks so much for your time and expertise. I will relay your suggestions to Margie and log on to the suggested websites. We have quite a bit of follow-up to do as we have asked several people about a minimum investment or (...)

Harold B, Private Angel Investor and Serial Entrepreneur (May 2011)
Harold B, Private Angel Investor and Serial Entrepreneur (May 2011)
Harold B, Private Angel Investor and Serial Entrepreneur (May 2011)

Karen, Thank you very much for your hospitality and invitation to attend your angel investor meeting. Well done. The companies I see are always intriguing. Apparently, the world is changing around us. Exuberance/power is a beautiful (...)

Rick L., Lutz Group, Angel investor and investor representative (Feb 2011)
Rick L., Lutz Group, Angel investor and investor representative (Feb 2011)
Rick L., Lutz Group, Angel investor and investor representative (Feb 2011)

Karen: Congratulations on a great event. Good format afterward with the "Investor Roundtable." Never been to an angel group that did such a good job of getting the investors to collaborate and commit their level of interest in (...)

M. Horton, Angel Investor, Member of Atlanta Technology Angels, Lawyer (Sept 2010)
M. Horton, Angel Investor, Member of Atlanta Technology Angels, Lawyer (Sept 2010)
M. Horton, Angel Investor, Member of Atlanta Technology Angels, Lawyer (Sept 2010)

Karen, Congratulations on a great event!? Big turnout, good presentations and, most of all, a very good post-presentation investor discussion. You provide investors a unique opportunity to see pre-screened and pre-qualified (...)

Terry S., Certified Entrepreneur Coach, Dekalb County Incubator (Aug 2010)
Terry S., Certified Entrepreneur Coach, Dekalb County Incubator (Aug 2010)
Terry S., Certified Entrepreneur Coach, Dekalb County Incubator (Aug 2010)

You are AWESOME!!! I appreciate so much who you are and what you do. You are always top of my mind when I need to recommend that a company get advice on capital strategy and access to capital. Your knowledge and ethics are (...)

Gary Austin entrepreneur, inventor
Gary Austin entrepreneur, inventor
Gary Austin entrepreneur, inventor

"I have enjoyed a working relationship with Karen for many years and find Karen and her company LaunchFN to be one of the primary drivers in the early stage funding community in Atlanta. Karen's team is knowledgeable, capable and (...)

Jim Bock Director of Human Resources, PowerTech America
Jim Bock Director of Human Resources, PowerTech America
Jim Bock Director of Human Resources, PowerTech America

"Karen is a great person to bounce ideas off, for her knowledgeable and practical advice. She brings ten years of hands-on deal flow experience and another ten years of IBM training and marketing background to bear on an issue. I have (...)

Marci Troutman Owner, Shudan Design Group (colleague)
Marci Troutman Owner, Shudan Design Group (colleague)
Marci Troutman Owner, Shudan Design Group (colleague)

“Karen does a phenomenal job of pulling investors together in a group networking setting. The event I attended ran smoothly through five companies presenting their cutting edge technology in search of angel funding. The investors and (...)

George Ishee Owner, PlumTree Marketing
George Ishee Owner, PlumTree Marketing
George Ishee Owner, PlumTree Marketing

“Karen is an excellent business advisor, capital expert and one of the highest quality professionals you will ever deal with. She takes the time to listen to your needs and seems to know the right solutions to take your business to the next level. Take a moment and

Hugi Hernandez CEO, el Club de comerciantes
Hugi Hernandez CEO, el Club de comerciantes
Hugi Hernandez CEO, el Club de comerciantes

“I had the opportunity to meet with the LAUNCHfn team and they have great integrity and a clear vision about how to bring a business to the next level” March 9, 2008

Giulio Helmsdorff President, Web Data Corp.
Giulio Helmsdorff President, Web Data Corp.
Giulio Helmsdorff President, Web Data Corp.

“If you an entrepreneur and need early-stage funding you need to talk to Karen. If you are and investor looking for a ground-breaking opportunity, you also need to talk to Karen. Is that simple.” March 12, 2008

Tiffany Wright Business Advisor, Georgia Tech - EDI
Tiffany Wright Business Advisor, Georgia Tech - EDI
Tiffany Wright Business Advisor, Georgia Tech - EDI

“Karen and I worked together on investor presentations jointly hosted by our organizations (Launchfn and Georgia Tech). She and her team were highly responsive and well-prepared. She provided one-page summary templates our clients (...)

Brian Miller President / CEO, Hope Funding, LLC
Brian Miller President / CEO, Hope Funding, LLC
Brian Miller President / CEO, Hope Funding, LLC

“I know Karen from networking and have attended two of her introductory seminars. In fact, I still have the notes from one and refer back to it periodically as a primer to sending her a referral. This is a testimony to the knowledge (...)

Ron Reardon Owner, Patents & More, Inc.
Ron Reardon Owner, Patents & More, Inc.
Ron Reardon Owner, Patents & More, Inc.

“I have known Karen for several years through several organizations to which we both belong, and have attended her events where entrepreneurs present to investors and other interested parties. These events were held in a classy venue (...)

Charlie Paparelli Charlie hired Karen as a Source of private equity deals in 2006
Charlie Paparelli Charlie hired Karen as a Source of private equity deals in 2006
Charlie Paparelli Charlie hired Karen as a Source of private equity deals in 2006

Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, High Integrity
“Karen has a real heart for matching entrepreneurs and angel investors. She has made a significant impact in our Atlanta entrepreneurial community. She has been in this business for a (...)

Ben Dyer Owner, Innovations Publishing. Former Partner at Cordova Ventures
Ben Dyer Owner, Innovations Publishing. Former Partner at Cordova Ventures
Ben Dyer Owner, Innovations Publishing. Former Partner at Cordova Ventures

“Karen is an effective leader in matching companies with investment capital in the Atlanta area. She has created a strong network and built a successful business model around her mission.” February 18, 2008

Connie Liesman CPT Med, Entrepreneur, Client
Connie Liesman CPT Med, Entrepreneur, Client
Connie Liesman CPT Med, Entrepreneur, Client

"I started working with LAUNCHfn in 2008. We came very close to receiving funding through their group of investors after having presented at the NBAI Member meeting and attending follow up meetings to give the investors an update of (...)

Cameron Cress PlayGolfPlanet.com Entrpreneur, Client
Cameron Cress PlayGolfPlanet.com Entrpreneur, Client
Cameron Cress PlayGolfPlanet.com Entrpreneur, Client

"Like most start-up companies, we really struggled with making the investment in hiring a team like LAUNCHfn. The best thing we have done. Although we are still working to get capital directly from their network, they have provided (...)

Joel Thompson, President, Sports Fan Products
Joel Thompson, President, Sports Fan Products
Joel Thompson, President, Sports Fan Products

"The business plan review was an extremely thorough examination of our business and its business plan. Through the assessment process and venture capital consulting offered by LAUNCHfn, we were able to identify some issues within not (...)

Lucy Holifield, Director of Economic Empowerment Center
Lucy Holifield, Director of Economic Empowerment Center

"I’m very impressed with the work you’re doing at Launchfn and NBAI. I enjoyed the event; both the educational aspect and the investor briefings. I’d like an opportunity to meet with you to learn more and discuss ways to work (...)

Erik Walker, Founder Nu-Energy August 12, 2005
Erik Walker, Founder Nu-Energy August 12, 2005

“Thank you very much for working with me on our business arrangement and for arranging for me to meet with such wonderful potential investors.”.

Kenneth W. Burnt, Owner, accountabilities, llc.
Kenneth W. Burnt, Owner, accountabilities, llc.

“LAUNCHFn is one of the hardest working companies I have had the pleasure of working with.” July 12, 2006, Consultant to Network of Business Angels and Investors.

Sanjib Mohapatro, Owner, EMTechPro, Inc.
Sanjib Mohapatro, Owner, EMTechPro, Inc.

“I know Karen for last two to three years. She helps early stage companies get funding. I have some of my clients got their funding through her company and I recommend her company to early stage or, high growth companies who would need (...)

Michael Horten, Horten CC, Advisor, Attorney, & Investor
Michael Horten, Horten CC, Advisor, Attorney, & Investor

“What progression! I went to NBAI five years ago and they have really taken it to the next level. I don’t know how they do it, but they really do a fantastic job. In Atlanta, there really is a need for capital. Everyone will testify (...)

Tom Meredith, President P2P Cash
Tom Meredith, President P2P Cash

“Karen is very well versed in start-up financing issues and very well connected in the Southeast. Would recommend her highly to those seeking early-round financing.” January 28, 2005,.

Tom Meredith February 27, 2006, President of P2P Cash
Tom Meredith February 27, 2006, President of P2P Cash

"LAUNCHfn has performed a near miracle at resurrecting NBAI! I would encourage any entrepreneur or capital investor to connect with their organization", Client of Launch Funding Network.

Tom Meredith, 2015
Tom Meredith, 2015

"As my business has evolved over the years, I continue to come back to Karen as a mentor and a friend for encouragement and recommendations on actions I can take to keep my business moving forward and to gain additional access to (...)

Michael Valverde, Owner, Green Valley Entertainment, and Client
Michael Valverde, Owner, Green Valley Entertainment, and Client

“Launch Funding Network has worked tirelessly on our behalf. They have brought many people to our projects and continues to be a great source of positive energy,” June 28, 2006,.

Jordan Cowman, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Consultant to Network of Business Angels and Investors.
Jordan Cowman, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Consultant to Network of Business Angels and Investors.

“Karen has my full confidence. She is competent, trustworthy and I think the world of her.” June 28, 2006,

Client
Client

“LAUNCHFN (SIC) has my full confidence. Karen as the visionary is competent, trustworthy and I think the world of her.”

John Catadl, CEO, DateApp, Inc., Company working with Network of Business Angels and Investors.
John Catadl, CEO, DateApp, Inc., Company working with Network of Business Angels and Investors.

LAUNCHfn’s team is a “Fantastic business mentor and Karen is a networking diva!” June 28, 2006,

Tom Eaves, President & CEO, Star Software Systems Corporaton, Client of Launch Funding Network.
Tom Eaves, President & CEO, Star Software Systems Corporation, Client of Launch Funding Network.

“Without any reservation, I recommend Karen (and her team at LAUNCHfn) to work with any entrepreneur looking to raise funding and/or need assistance with business planning, networking, etc. I have found her ethics and professionalism to be outstanding.” June 26, 2006,

Jim Bock, HR Director, Answerthink Consulting, Company working with Network of Business Angels and Investors.
Jim Bock, HR Director, Answerthink Consulting, Company working with Network of Business Angels and Investors.

“I have worked with Karen for seventeen years and have known her to be a true professional in all she does. She goes the extra mile for her clients and provides outstanding value with her services. Karen's knowledge of sales, marketing (...)

Tom Meredith Company working with Network of Business Angels and Investors
Tom Meredith Company working with Network of Business Angels and Investors

“Karen has performed a near miracle at resurrecting NBAI! I would encourage any entrepreneur or investor to connect with her and her organization Tom Meredith” February 27, 2006,

Kenneth Brown, CEO, E3C, Company working with Launch Funding Network
Kenneth Brown, CEO, E3C, Company working with Launch Funding Network

“Karen, you are a fantastic presenter and venture capital catalyst! Your commitment to assist and support small business start-ups is inspiring! Your E3C webinar on venture capital was our most successful session! Your venture capital (...)

Gilbert Nieuwenhuis Consultant working with Launch Funding Network.
Gilbert Nieuwenhuis Consultant working with Launch Funding Network.

“I have known Karen for the past two years. Karen is dedicated and a very hard worker. She is a person you have to know because she can help finding the right people to assist with your financial issues. I recommend Karen is as a (...)

Willie Arline, Company working with Launch Funding Network
Willie Arline, Company working with Launch Funding Network

“LAUNCHfn has proven their dedication and determination for helping entrepreneurs reach a level of confidence which makes presentations for investors more efficient.” April 13, 2005, .

Gwen Burch, Owner, Human Architecture, Inc., Consultant working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)
Gwen Burch, Owner, Human Architecture, Inc., Consultant working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)

“Karen is a rare find -- someone who exercises the gifts and talents she has to the genuine betterment of her clients. She has a valuable work ethic, offers direct advice and has remarkable insights into the industry.” August 1, 2006, .

Steve Rothschild, Owner, Preferred Real Estate Funds, Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network).
Steve Rothschild, Owner, Preferred Real Estate Funds, Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network).

“Karen is highly motivated and knows the business of putting together people and companies to foster a deal or relationships. She is a student of different businesses in order to understand every aspect which provides her the knowledge to be of benefit.” June 30, 2006,

Daniel Graff-Radford, Vice President, Lanta Technology Group, Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network).
Daniel Graff-Radford, Vice President, Lanta Technology Group, Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network).

“Karen and I worked together on a board of advisors to an incubator for start-up technology companies. Karen was more than dependable, she is someone you can always trust will do what she says she will do.” June 28, 2006,

Mike Skrynecki Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)
Mike Skrynecki Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)

“Karen is an energetic, enthusiastic "go-getter." She's tremendously persistence and visionary. It takes a great deal of magic to put deals together. Through her efforts coordinating her deep stable of contacts, putting people with (...)

Joy Johnson, Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network).
Joy Johnson, Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)

“I have known Karen for some time now and have a high regard for her expertise in helping businesses position themselves and find the funding needed to start or grow their enterprises. Karen has many year of experience and (...)

Tina Gray, Owner, Grayt Expectations Business Services. Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)
Tina Gray, Owner, Grayt Expectations Business Services. Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)

“LAUNCHfn's expertise in the networking and connections arena has proven to be very helpful to me in my business. I highly recommend them because they truly for people, they have the right connections and genuinely cares about people in general.” January 31, 2005,

James Gore, VP, CD Intelligence Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)
James Gore, VP, CD Intelligence Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)

“I have known Karen Rands for quite a while and consider her an exceptional link in my network. Her expertise in the funding arena has helped me re-evaluate my company as it pertained to looking for outside funds. Karen and her (...)

Jeffrey Alexander Brathwaite, Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)
Jeffrey Alexander Brathwaite, Company working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)

“Kugarand Holdings is an ideal company for those looking to get funds for their business. Not only do they help you with your business plan but they educate you on all the many different sources of funding available for your specific (...)

Eddie Hines, Consultant working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)
Eddie Hines, Consultant working with Kugarand Holdings, LLC (Holding company for Launch Funding Network)

“I fully endorse LAUNCHfn for their excellent consultation skills and incredible knowledge in the financial world. I have seen them find funds for companies that thought they had no options. I think LAUNCHfn is fantastic and if you (...)

Michael B. Orr, Investment Adviser Representative
Michael B. Orr, Investment Adviser Representative

"Launch Funding Network --- Just for the record ... it was the best event I have seen put on. " April 18, 2007,.

Ted Braun, CEO, FreightPath
Ted Braun, CEO, FreightPath

"FreightPath was nominated by LAUNCHfn to participate in another investor event and based on our recommendation, FreighPath was accepted." 'Great and many thanks Karen! Your guidance and help are invaluable!'

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