Founder & CEO
Kara Goldin is the CEO + Founder of San Francisco-based Hint Inc, which produces all-natural fruit essence waters. Kara launched the brand in 2005 to make it easier for consumers to drink more water and lead a healthier lifestyle. Flavored only with natural fruit essence, Hint® Water has successfully challenged the notion that drinks must contain sugar or diet sweeteners to appeal to the consumer. Hint is offered in both still and sparkling (Hint Fizz®) varieties in a wide range of flavors including Blackberry, Blood Orange, Peach, Watermelon, Strawberry-Kiwi, Crisp Apple and Grapefruit. With an extraordinary track record of business success, Kara was formerly the Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, where she grew AOL’s shopping business from startup to more than $1 billion in revenue in less than 7 years. Her current authority in the beverage industry has propelled her to be a leading media resource and contributor to national outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, MORE, The Huffington Post,Forbes.com, Reuters and Businessweek as well as appearances on national programs including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, ABC News, and Fox Business. Kara has been selected among only 10 other women as Fortune’s 2011 “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs," and was named in 2012 as one of Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneurial Winning Women.” She was honored as the 2012 Gold Stevie Award Winner for “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” in the category of Business Products and was listed as a “Rising Star” and a “CEO to Watch in 2013” by the American Express website, OpenForum.com. Hint Water is available at leading grocery retailers and is one of the top beverages at Google, Facebook and other forward-thinking companies. Kara currently lives in the San Francisco area with her husband Theo (Hint’s COO), four children and two Labradors. She is an active member of SFBay YPO.