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“Karen has an unquenchable thirst for what’s next in the world of technology and mobile communications. Her passion for innovation is inspirational to those she works with and her curiosity drives her to discover new innovations.Our company, M87, has had the pleasure of working with Karen in her role at T-Mobile in Strategy Development and Innovation. We worked closely with her and a team that she led for several months as we tested our device to device software on the T-Mobile network. This testing included multiple departments and many test environments both in the lab and in real world environments. Karen’s leadership not only kept all teams on track and focused but her bright energy and unfailing positivity helped make the entire process fun and productive for everyone. She is always particularly focused on the human implications of the technology – in our case, how to bridge the significant gains in coverage and capacity that we saw the technology provide the network to the customers’ day to day experience. This focus helped assure the technology validation process remained relevant to whom the technology is ultimately meant to serve.We loved working with Karen and look forward to doing so again soon. If you also have the good fortune of working with her here’s a pro tip– buy her a good glass of wine and ask her about her hockey days. Good stuff, guaranteed.” M87

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“Karen is a tremendous collaborator, and has a rare ability to look at a partnership opportunity and recognize not only near-term wins, but also the potential for long-term strategic alliance. She has a keen analytical mind, and her natural curiosity fuels deep dives into highly complex areas of business. Karen’s personality and demeanor encourage trust, both with internal stakeholders and with third parties. Her sincerity and deep sense of fun make her a very enjoyable person to work with.” NBC News Digital

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“Karen is a productive doer with great strategic thinking and communication skills. Her follow through in managing negotiations and partnerships always keeps things on track and her transparent professional style makes her well regarded with internal and external partners.” NBC News Digital

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“Karen was part of my leadership team that expanded the international footprint of Microsoft’s online services…..She was a change-agent, an independent thinker, and guided disparate teams seamlessly through an ambitious expansion….built excellent relationships with technology and regional operations teams in Ireland, Japan, UK and the US, created the 3rd party partnership strategy, led trainings and best practices, and provided business reporting as part of the worldwide executive team. Her attention to detail, strong inter-personal skills, and fluency in international business will be key assets in any content or media related business.” Microsoft

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“Karen is a stellar business professional who I truly enjoyed working with as my primary contact at MSN working on a strategic partnership. Her business savvy, communication skills, and overall ethical standards are second to none.” NetSeer

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“Karen has been a valuable partner in developing and implementing Attorney General Rob McKenna’s National Association of Attorneys General Presidential Initiative, Pillars of Hope: Attorneys General Unite Against Human Trafficking. Her knowledge of the issues and advocates, her creativity, her tenacity and her passion have made her a driving force in our work. We are fortunate to have an advocate of her caliber working on this important issue with us.” Washington State Office of the Attorney General

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“Karen and I worked on the Microsoft / Match.com partnership for nearly four years, first in Asia and then globally. Throughout that time Karen was totally focused on making sure we delivered a great service to her markets and was a great advocate for Match.com within MSN/Microsoft. She was one of the key players in building a multi-million dollar partnership across 40+ countries and always kept perspective on the long-term nature of our work together.” Match.com

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“Karen is a diligent, hard-working and collaborative colleague who is excellent with partners and a strong negotiator. She can always be trusted to do what she says, has integrity and loyalty.” Bing

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“Karen is a true professional. She gives every project her all both creatively and strategically. She has both a mastery of the space and terrific creative sensibilities. Anyone would be fortunate to work with Karen.” Showtime

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“Karen has been our business contact with MSFT for several years. It was great to develop MSN weather services to the new global level with her. She is a great communicator and she kept us all the time updated. She is a truly professional in managing partnerships.” Foreca

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“Working with Karen over many years, I was involved in multiple negotiations, in the shape of smaller challenges on a local country level, or negotiating on a global level. Karen impressed me with her solution focused mindset, combining the attention to details with strategic thinking, still always building trust and good relationships with individuals on all levels. Karen makes work into an interesting, challenging and fun dialog, something I would not hesitate engaging in again.” IAC

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“She is a bright, passionate and caring individual who has an eye for both detail and the bigger picture. A true professional she is a pleasure to work with as a business partner and a lovely individual to boot. I hope we have a chance to work together in the future. A huge asset to any organization.” Match UK

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“Karen Olcott has a wealth of experience and insight into online media, with specific expertise in international business development. She’s tenacious and focused in creating partnerships that drive value. She is respected internally and externally by the folks she works with. I was fortunate in having Karen on our MSN Programming team at Microsoft for several years. She worked independently and handled her area of the business effectively — with great insight and tenacity. I recommend her wholeheartedly as someone who can operate at a high level, produce results and is a pleasure to work with!” MSN

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“I had the pleasure of working with Karen to design and produce broadcast graphic elements, promotional packages and “new media” programming for the major networks and technology clients during our action-packed tenure at Pinnacle Effects. Karen drove the business and the creative – as an inspiring leader to our people and stellar partner to our clients. I learned a great deal from her ability to create successful business opportunities that were technically innovative, uniquely artistic and profitable for both parties. Karen is an incredibly sharp, enthusiastic, forward thinking individual who thrives on collaboration and inspires those around her with her delightfully positive energy.” Pinnacle Efx

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“Karen was our business contact at MSN for several years and a key contributor to a successful partnership. Her creative business ideas and enthusiasm helped us develop and implement new initiatives and developments in a way that was compatible with MSFT’s internal procedures and infrastructure. Our channel partnership went through various stages and we were always able to adjust and renegotiate our agreement to make it work for both parties. In addition to her keen business sense and team management skills, she’s also a great person I wouldn’t hesitate to work with again in the future.” AstroCenter/Horoscope

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