Nora Abousteit (kollabora)


Nora Abousteit is a “rare leader who can pull together technology, publishing, and fashion, and inspire people” (Fast Company).

Nora recently founded, an online platform with multiple communities that offer fashion forward DIY projects in jewelry, knitting, and sewing. At Kollabora, which is currently invite-only, you can find everything from idea to implementation: inspiration, instructions, and shop supplies. Kollabora raised money from 500 Startups (Dave McClure), Eric Wahlforss (co-founder SoundCloud), Josh Auerbach (CFO, betaworks), Kevin Slavin (co-founder area/code) and others.

Before starting Kollabora, Nora reinvented an old sewing magazine into the DIY fashion community, with over 700,000 members now an icon in the sewing community. She is part of the founding team of the DLD (Digital Life Design) conference.

Nora is a published author and has been invited to share her experience at Picnic, FOO (Friends of O’Reilly Media), Parsons School of Design, Stream, the World Economic Forum Media Summit, and NY Forum.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, BusinessWeek, Women’s Wear Daily, and Fast Company. She was just elected to the board of the Craft and Hobby Association.

Nora grew up in Germany, lives in Brooklyn, NY and holds a degree in Middle East Studies, Political Science, and Philosophy from the American University in Cairo.