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Startup Pirates is an entrepreneurial trial for aspiring entrepreneurs, creating a worldwide community of ultimate changemakers willing to share, learn and grow together.


Our First Judge Is Here: Karyn Lu!

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For the end of the week, when the final pitch day is upon us, we're wrangling up the most weather-worn pirates to lay down the final judgement, give critical feedback, and determine our winners - that's right, we have our first Judge with us: Karyn Lu of Turner! 

Karyn is Director of Product Strategy & Partnerships at HLN, a network currently reinventing itself as the first TV home for the social media generation. Previously, Karyn was the lead futurist / trendspotter at Turner Broadcasting, and a UX designer at CNN.com, where she co-founded CNN iReport.
Karyn is passionate about the Atlanta community and serves in an advisory capacity to organizations including WABE 90.1 FM (Atlanta’s NPR station) and BurnAway. She is part of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2014. Karyn is a frequent public speaker and has been featured at TEDxCentennialParkWomen and Creative Mornings Atlanta. She holds a M.S. in Digital Media from Georgia Tech and a B.A. in English Literature from Wellesley College.
Outside of work, Karyn plays violin with Atlanta-based band Oryx & Crake. She lives in Grant Park with her husband Keith, their son Leo & dog Sputnik.
We're mighty excited to have her with us on our Juding Panel!
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