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Caren Kelleher

Founder & CEO, Gold Rush Vinyl

When Caren Kelleher was thirteen, she had her first music startup idea: a Beatles-themed restaurant called The Octopus’ Garden. It was such a good idea that the band’s lawyers threatened to sue her over it, which only went to further her interest in the music industry. Today, Caren is the founder and president of Gold Rush Vinyl in Austin, Texas. Before starting Gold Rush, Caren was Head of Music App Partnerships at Google, after launching both Google Music and Google Play. She also led business development efforts at Songkick and Paste magazine, and worked as a band manager, which helped her see the vinyl opportunity. Caren holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from Emory University. The Beatles are still her favorite band of all time.

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