Kate Endress

Kate Endress is a former women’s basketball player and current entrepreneur and business woman who was born in Lafayette, Indiana and grew up in Evansville, Indiana. Endress played professional basketball in the WNBA, and founded the startup company, DITTO.com.

High School

Kate Endress is an Evansville native and she attended and played high school basketball for Memorial High School. As a senior, Endress was a 2001 Indiana All-Star in basketball, averaging 25.9 points and 8.4 rebounds. Endress lettered multiple times in both volleyball and track. She also ranked in the top five percent of her class and was elected class vice-president. During her junior year Endress developed a serious stress fracture on her vertebrae causing her to miss most of the season. This lead to her missing out on high profile universities that might have wanted to recruit her.

College

Endress continued her academic and athletic career at Ball State University in Muncie. Endress played basketball for the Ball State Cardinals all four years, receiving both the Mid-American Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and the Indiana’s NCAA Woman of the Year her senior year, as well as four MAC West Division Player of the Week awards.

Endress was named the ESPN Magazine’s Academic All-American Player of the Year in 2005.

Endress was named the MAC Player of the Year in 2005 leading the league in scoring (18.5 points per game) and three point percentage.

Endress was selected for the MAC All-Freshman team in 2002. She was a two time All-MAC First Team Selection in 2004 and 2005 and was on the MAC All-Tournament Team in 2003.

She ranks second in career points (1,843) and three-pointers (205) on Ball State’s all time list.

Endress doubled as an academic, graduating summa cum laude in 2005.

WNBA

Endress was drafted into the professional woman’s basketball league, the WNBA in 2005. She played a short stint with the Connecticut Sun.

Business and More Education

Endress continued her education at Stanford University from 2009-2011, receiving a master’s in business. Endress worked 4 years on Wall Street in private equity and as investment banking analyst at Citi. She started the company HooplaRecuriting.com, where high school basketball players (girls and boys) could post game films and stats for college coaches to view with a purchased subscription.

DITTO.com

In 2011 Endress founded the digital startup company, DITTO.com. She is still the acting CEO.

DITTO.com is an eCommerce site for designer eyewear with patented technology. DITTO.com is a website that allows consumers to record a short video with their webcam to create a virtual video self, or “DITTO.” Users can virtually try-on eyewear in 180-degree views to see how a particular style looks and fits their face before they make a purchase.

Endress founded DITTO with Sergey Surkov, a former software engineer with Google, and Dmitry Kornilov, a former software engineer at Nokia. In 2011 DITTO released information that it had raised $3 million dollars for funding from August Capital.

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