Karin O’Connor

Karin D. O'Connor, CFA

President, Perimeter Advisors
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Karin O’Connor is the founder of Perimeter Advisors, an advisory firm that assists owners of promising mid-market companies with planning and execution of value enhancement strategies, and is also an active investor in and advisor to early-stage companies and entrepreneurs.

Karin recently served as Managing Director of Hyde Park Angles, Chicago’s largest angel investor network and has been a member of the group since 2009.  She has invested in fourteen deals with HPA and served as the group’s representative on the board of portfolio company FeeFighters, which was acquired by Groupon, Inc. in 2012.  She is currently a Director at e-commerce start-up Moxie Jean and also co-led HPA’s investments in Supply Vision and Intellihot Green Technologies.

Since beginning her career at Continental Bank in the 1980’s, Karin has invested in and advised entrepreneurs in a variety of industries that includes financial services, business services, technology distribution, health care, manufacturing, and consumer services.  She has invested at all levels of the capital structure—from senior debt to mezzanine, venture leasing, and equity—and in companies ranging from early stage to mature. 

Karin received her BA in Finance from the University of Illinois, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  She earned her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where she was an F.C. Austin Scholar and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma.  Karin received a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter in 2007.