Kara Godlin

Founder and CEO


Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of hint inc., the San Francisco-based healthy lifestyle company, best known for hint water and most recently, hint sunscreen. Kara has been an operating-entrepreneur growing hint to a brand worth hundreds of millions of dollars. She’s created a purpose driven business focused on the end consumer.

When Kara left AOL, where she built the ecommerce business to a billion-dollar division, she recognized she needed to put down the diet soda and make a change. Hint was a brand born from a personal need. Kara is a regular speaker. She speaks to large teams and executives at companies, including Google, LinkedIn, Instagram, Oracle, Chobani, and others, to get them to think about purpose in business as well as one’s own life. She is also a frequent speaker at colleges. Her mission is to get the audience to think about the “why” in what they are doing today or in the future. Kara has received numerous accolades, including being named Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Northern California, Fortune Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink 2015 and the Gold Stevie award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Kara is an active business speaker and writer, a member of C200, and a member of SFBay YPO, the world’s premier chief executive leadership organization. In 2016, Kara launched The Kara Network, a digital resource and mentoring platform for aspiring and established entrepreneurs, and she recently launched the podcast Unstoppable, where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs and disruptors across various industries. Because of Kara’s unique story and ability to disrupt, she has traveled the world speaking to entrepreneurs and executives motivating those who strive to become leaders.

“Learn from your “no’s” and naysayers. Sometimes it may be that someone is saying you’re idea isn’t worth investing in or it’s a “bad idea” because they haven’t been trained to think outside of the box. So find your audience that gets it, and blow them away with results!” “Our financiers need to be passionate about hint’s overall goal to help people live healthier lifestyles and promote wellness for American consumers. We want to run a company that incorporates our core values into every decision, including investment.”

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