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 left the company after 6.5 years to pursue her own venture, Piña Colada, to create meaningful connections between groups of six like-minded singles over great food. She regularly mentors startups looking to expand their business to the USA at the German government’s tech accelerator.
Kati is passionate about female entrepreneurship, immigration & the transatlantic relationship, and gluten-free food. In 2015, she has been selected as a Young Leader of the renowned Atlantikbrücke organization. Kati volunteers as San Francisco Director of Changemaker Chats and Job Seeker Coach for Upwardly Global and authors a relocation blog and a podcast about her life as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley.
Kati holds an MBA in Media Management from Hamburg Media School.