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Illuminate Ventures

Illuminate Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based micro VC firm investing in enterprise, cloud computing, capital efficient start-ups.

  • Stage Concept Only
  • Industry Software
  • Location United States
  • Currency USD
  • Employees 5
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Company Summary


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    Cindy Padnos
    Founder & Managing Director

    Serial entrepreneur with 3 exits (2 M&A, 1 IPO) turned investor. Prior Director at Outlook Ventures. On board at BrightEdge, CalmSea, Hoopla and Xactly Corporation. Named one of the Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley by The New York Times. MBA Carnegie Mellon, AB University of Michigan.

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    Sarah Cone

    Early employee at Amazon. Technology public policy at Public Knowledge and Google. Research analyst for venture capital at Omidyar Network. R&D consultant for large Japanese companies. Founder and CEO of social news start-up. Venture mentor for BUILD. JD from UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law and BA from Evergreen State College.

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    Cliff Higgerson
    Strategic Portfolio Advisor

    Venture Partner at Walden International. Former Founding Partner of ComVentures and a General Partner with Vanguard Venture Partners. Prior investments include such industry leaders as America Online; Digital Island (acquired by Cable & Wireless); Tellabs (NASDAQ: TLAB); MCI (NASDAQ: MCIP); Octel (NYSE:OTL). Managing partner and Director of Research for Hambrecht & Quist. MBA from UC Berkeley, and a BS from the University of Illinois.

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    Anne Marie Roussel
    Executive in Residence

    Former Head of Acquisitions and Partnerships for Sharp Corporation in Silicon Valley. Former Manager of the Digital Media and Mobile Communications portfolio for Microsoft. Previously, Vice President at Gartner Group in Paris, France for ten years, responsible for the creation and launch of several flagship products, including: “Gartner’s Cool Vendors List” –a yearly round-up of the best and brightest startups in IT.

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    Rebecca Norlander
    Venture Partner

    20 years as one of the top woman “geeks” at Microsoft – in roles ranging from product developer – to technical strategist to the CTO – to General Manager of the online advertising platform. Currently founder and CEO of a stealth mode start-up. BA from Boston University.

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    Pia Camenzind

    CPA with a 25 year track record of helping set up or improve accounting and reporting processes in private equity firms. 15 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers auditing venture capital firms and venture financed high-growth companies. Has worked with a wide array of VC and private equity firms including Bay Partners, Benchmark Capital, Hummer Winblad, Kleiner Perkins, Onset Ventures and Paul Capital. MBA and BS in accounting from San Jose State.


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    Gunderson Dettmer
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    Pia Camenzind