Karen Starns

Member Since 2022

Karen Starns

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer


Austin, Texas Area

Karen Starns is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at OJO. Her outstanding track record of building global brands, driving growth, and solving complex business challenges has been shaped by two leadership stints at Amazon, 13 years at Microsoft, and a global leadership role at Pearson. Karen is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, a lecturer in the McCombs School of Business Master of Science in Marketing program, and Chair of the Advisory Council for the Master of Science in Marketing program. A brand marketer at heart, Karen is skilled at building brands that people love and can’t live without. At OJO, she is focused on deepening audience understanding and empathy, leading consumer engagement, and establishing OJO as a brand of choice for homeownership - one of life's most complex and consequential decisions. Karen is an active mentor of women and up-and-coming leaders, including the CEOs of two social enterprises — Cielo Hammocks in Mexico and Sosai Renewable Energies in Nigeria.


  • Executive Leadership
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Innovation & Growth


December 7th, 2022

13 factors companies should consider when creating a PTO package 

Is your team truly benefiting from the current paid-time-off policies in place?

November 22nd, 2022

8 tips to help advertising teams boost mobile traffic conversions

Business experts share their methods to grow your clientele through a more creative, strategic smartphone engagement.

November 22nd, 2022

11 best practices to boost brand influence on social media, each day

Try these tips to nurture current B2B or B2C relationships and attract new ones.

November 22nd, 2022

12 tips to strengthen cross company communication 

Implement these methods to distribute newsworthy information, solidify manager-team engagement, and build a culture of trust.



OJO is an Austin-based real estate technology company focused on improving homeownership. We help consumers on their home journey by enabling them to customize their search, connect them with industry experts, and equip them with financial tools so they feel prepared to buy, sell, or own. We know homeownership means more than just owning property — it unlocks an abundance of financial, social, and emotional benefits. But we also know that the real estate industry doesn’t always reflect that. For many, the process of buying, selling, or owning a home is devoid of partnership, empathy, and equity — everything owning a home should be. At OJO, we’re changing that.


  • Real Estate