The Entrepreneurs Summit, Wharton | San Francisco, is chaired by Heidi Roizen, Operating Partner, DFJ.
Heidi Roizen is Operating Partner at DFJ. She has spent her life immersed in the Silicon Valley ecosystem as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, educator and member of the boards of directors of private and public companies, trade associations and nonprofit institutions.
After receiving her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford University, Heidi co-founded T/Maker Company (an early personal computer software company) in 1983, where she served as CEO from inception through its acquisition by Deluxe Corporation in 1994. In 1996, Heidi joined Apple as Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations. From there, Heidi entered the venture capital world, serving as a Managing Director of Mobius Venture Capital from 1999 to 2007.
Heidi is also a Fenwick and West Entrepreneurship Educator in the Department of Engineering at Stanford University, where she teaches the course Spirit of Entrepreneurship. Heidi is a member of the boards of directors DMGT (LSE:DMGT), ShareThis and XTime, and serves on the advisory boards of Springboard Enterprises and the National Center for Women in Information Technology.
Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. She is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader. Her background and over 30 years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications.
Ann began her career as a systems programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1976 Ann co-founded Open Systems, Inc., a top selling accounting software company, with a $500 investment. She operated Open Systems profitably for six years and then sold it for over $15 million. Prior to co-founding Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Ann served as a strategy consultant for prestigious clients such as IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups. In addition, Ann has co-authored the book Object-Oriented Software and has written articles for numerous publications. Ann received a BA in mathematics and in business administration from the College of St. Catherine, as well as an MA in education and international economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ann also has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of St. Thomas.
Ann has served as a Director of numerous start-up and public companies and currently serves as a director of Ace Metrix, MuleSoft, Sonatype, Voltage Security and OptiMine. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas and a Board member of the Richard Schulze Family Foundation. Ann is an advisor to numerous entrepreneur groups, as well as former Chairperson of SV Forum.
As President and COO, Karen is focused on scaling operations and expanding globally, managing sales, marketing, business development, finance, operations and human resources. Karen has spent over 25 years in the technology industry as a successful operating executive and investor focused on enterprise and business software.
Karen was most recently CEO and Chairman of Syncplicity, where she grew the company to more than 30,000 business customers over 3 years, leading to its acquisition by EMC. Previously, Karen led worldwide corporate and business development at SolarWinds, a high growth network management software company. She joined the team while they were still privately held and the company debuted it's successful IPO in May 2009. Before SolarWinds, Karen served as managing director at Pequot Ventures, a private equity firm with $1.8 billion under management, where she established and led the software investing team in Silicon Valley.
Karen was senior vice president at Oracle from 1993-2000, most recently heading worldwide business development. In her seven years at Oracle, she held a variety of executive management positions reporting to CEO Larry Ellison and President Ray Lane, including senior vice president of worldwide marketing.
An accomplished leader and passionate innovator, Wendy Lea has over 3 decades of experience helping companies drive predictable growth through trusted relationships with customers and partners. With exceptional functional expertise in marketing, sales, financing and customer experience, she’s lived and worked from coast to coast, delivering business solutions in over 30 countries around the world.