Nora Abousteit is a "rare leader who can pull together technology, publishing, and fashion, and inspire people" (Fast Company).
Nora recently launched CraftJam, real world DIY classes for anyone. She is the founder and CEO of Kollabora, an online crafting community and the Kollaborator Network, reaching more than 4 million skilled crafters monthly.
Kollabora is funded by Khosla Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Allen & Co, Burda/DLD Ventures, 500 Startups, and others.
Nora is a member of the board of the Craft and Hobby Association, a mentor at Highway1, a hardware incubator and she is on the panel of experts to steer Cornell Tech's new Masters of Science program in Connective Media.
Before starting Kollabora, Nora reinvented an old sewing magazine into the DIY fashion community BurdaStyle.com, now the largest sewing community in the world.
Nora began her career at German power publisher Hubert Burda Media and is part of the founding team of the DLD (Digital Life Design) conference, which remains Europe’s most important annual consumer media and technology meeting.
Nora has published two books of sewing patterns and inspiration and has been invited to share her experience at Web 2.0 Expo, DLD conference, Picnic, FOO (Friends of O'Reilly Media), Parsons School of Design, Stream, the World Economic Forum Media Summit, and NY Forum and as a judge at the TechCrunch Hackathon.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, WSJ, Bloomberg, Wired, BusinessWeek, Women's Wear Daily, and Fast Company.
Nora grew up in Germany, lives in New York City and holds a degree in Middle East Studies, Political Science, and Philosophy from the American University in Cairo.