Kati Schmidt

Director of Growth and Campus Operations at Course Hero

Main focus: Female Entrepreneurship

Twitter handle: @kaliforniakati

Websites/blogs: https://gravityspeakers.com/speaker/kati-schmidt/ , https://www.linkedin.com/in/katrinschmidt/

Languages: English, German

City: San Francisco

Country: United States

Topics: female leadership, entrepreneurship, community culture, diversity and inclusivity in tech, female entrepreneurship, disruption, female founders, airbnb, travel, sharing economy


Kati Schmidt is the Director of Growth and Campus Operations at Course Hero.

After winning her Green Card in the Diversity Visa Lottery, Kati relocated from Berlin, Germany, to San Francisco, California, in January 2015. As an early former employee of Airbnb, Kati worked on launching and scaling Airbnb’s operations in Europe, starting Airbnb’s public policy efforts globally and launching Airbnb Experiences. She has seen hyper-growth and worked on various entrepreneurial projects within the company that informed operational playbooks.

Kati is passionate about female entrepreneurship, the transatlantic relationship, and gluten-free food. She regularly mentors startups looking to expand their business to the USA at the German government’s tech accelerator and volunteers as San Francisco Director of Changemaker Chats. In 2015, she has been selected as a Young Leader of the renowned Atlantikbrücke organization. Kati holds an MBA in Media Management from Hamburg Media School.