Kathryn Petralia

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Kathryn Petralia is an American entrepreneur, and the co-founder and COO of Kabbage.[1]

In November 2017, she was assessed by Forbes as being the 98th most powerful woman in the world.[2] In December 2017, she was listed in a TechCrunch feature on 42 women succeeding in tech that year.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Kathryn Petralia was born on 17 August 1970.[4] At age nine, she was given a TRS-80 computer by her parents, and developed an interest in technology.[5] She was an English major[5] and earned a B.A. in English literature from Furman University.[6][7]



Starting in the early 1990s,[8] she began working at companies focused on "technology, payments and e-commerce."[9] She became involved in "alternative lending" in the late 1990s.[8] She also launched a west coast commerce startup in the mid-1990s.[5] Early on she was involved with US Web.[7] She was director of strategy for Visionary Systems.[8] Early on, she was a vice president and co-founder of WorthKnowing.com,[8] which was later sold to CompuCredit and TransUnion.[6] Afterwards, she spent seven years in corporate development with CompuCredit,[6] As a corporate development executive with CompuCredit Corporation (now Atlanticus),[7][8][5] she was in charge of "entering new markets" and developing products.[5]

She was afterwards the vice president of strategy for Revolution Money[8][5][6] in St. Petersburg, Florida.[6][7]


In 2008,[10][8] she co-founded Kabbage along with Marc Gorlin and Rob Frohwein.[9] The business opened for business in May 2011.[10] In 2015, the Kabbage platform was extended to large banks such as Santander.[10] She continues to serve as Kabbage's head of operations and has also served as its chief operating officer.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She and her husband[11] have two children, and live in Atlanta, Georgia.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Kathryn Petralia". forbes.com. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  2. ^ "World's Most Powerful Women". forbes.com. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  3. ^ "A look at 42 women in tech who crushed it in 2017". TechCrunch. December 22, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kathryn Petralia slings the Kabbage, but you better be on Facebook if you want some". The Business Journals. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Kathryn Petralia". Kabbage.com. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Kathryn Petralia". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "Kathryn Petralia". American Banker. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Kabbage's Kathryn Petralia on Improving SMB Lending". Business.com. October 31, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "15 women who founded $1 billion startups". CNN. November 3, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "The Female Tech Entrepreneurs Taking A Risk And Reaping The Rewards". Forbes. March 8, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "A Unicorn Startup in Atlanta? Here's What You Should Learn From Her". Inc.com. Retrieved January 15, 2018.

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