A venture firm, like the startups it backs, is only as strong as the people doing the work. At Homebrew, we’ve optimized for a small, focused team with deep operating experience and unreserved passion for supporting founders. We’ve chosen to expand only when there’s someone we truly believe can make us better investors and partners, not just someone who helps us shift workload. We set out to find just the right team member through an open call of sorts last year. While we were fortunate to meet many qualified people through that process, there was one individual who made us take notice (all the way from New York City!). We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Kate Coughlin Stern to Homebrew.
There are a number of things about Kate that are special. Her history of results and analytical rigor during years at Goldman Sachs and Uber are remarkable. The confidence of her teammates, who continually rave about her direct but supportive style and “no project too big or small” attitude, is extraordinary. Her deeply competitive spirit, combined with heartfelt optimism and sharp wit, are inspiring. Kate is a culture add, not just a culture fit, and we’re thrilled for you to meet her.
There were a few unusual aspects to our application process, including asking candidates to select their own job title. Kate selected Principal, so that’s how you’ll see her titled on our team page. But we don’t think about roles as boxes. We think of them as platforms. So expect Kate to be a true extension of Homebrew, involved in all aspects of our work - from executing our investment strategy to servicing the founders we’ve backed. Unsurprisingly, our founders are already lining up to benefit from Kate’s lessons learned as an early Uber Eats team member.
Thank you Kate for trusting us to create a great experience for you as you enter the world of venture capital. We’re thrilled to welcome you to our team and to get started in building Homebrew together.