Laura holds space for transformative growth. As Vice President of Corporate Development at Techstars, she fosters relationships between entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to enable collaborative learning, innovation, and value creation. With a mix of startup and corporate experience, she has completed $2 billion in strategic transactions, involving startups from around the globe and teams of 2 to 200.
Prior to Techstars, Laura was an early employee and Head of Business & Corporate Development at LivingSocial (acquired by Groupon). She helped put the company on the map, expanding its footprint from the U.S. to 17 more countries through M&A, joint ventures, and investments. Laura also worked at AOL and Bear Stearns in corporate strategy, development, and finance capacities.
A first-generation college graduate, Laura holds a BBA, with Distinction, from the University of Michigan and is a certified Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher.