Karen Borchert

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As the EVP of Strategy, Karen manages the Strategy Department, an internal division dedicated to aligning our strategic plan, internal investment, and innovation. Her top priority is creating and executing plans to improve Phase2 and heighten our market position. Additionally, Karen champions innovation activities, product strategy, business planning, research and development, and strategic ventures.

Applying her experience creating and scaling a national non-profit organization as well as a background in product development for accessible mobile technology, Karen has played an invaluable role in developing a variety of Phase2′s strategic endeavors. Her passion is in the strategic development of products and services that serve a greater good, so her role in helping Phase2 innovate and grow — the open source way — is a perfect fit.

Karen received her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, where she now sits on the board for their Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. In addition, she received her MBA from Georgetown University. Karen is currently located in Omaha, Nebraska.

Proposals for this user

* How "Open" Changes Product Development

There's a lot of speculation about open source product development. How can a product with "no IP" be competitive? What are the viable business models, when the code is freely available? And how am I supposed to build and take a viable product to market if my company is focused on services, not products? The truth is, you can build -- and successfully take to market -- an open source product. But the rules are different, and must not be ignored.
Business 2014-04-11 23:56:43 +0000
Karen Borchert

* Open Source is Enabling us to Tell Better Stories

The conversation in today's media world is shifting away from "how much content can we publish, and how fast?" and toward "how can we provide in-depth engagement with single pieces of content." The emerging realm of digital storytelling means that "messages are not only heard and understood, but inspire, motivate and elicit action." Open source is adding fuel to this fire, and it is getting brighter.
Chemistry 2014-04-11 23:43:55 +0000
Karen Borchert, Chris Strahl