Who Inspire Us
Typaldos is the founder and chief executive officer of RealCommunities.
She is a leading authority on the software infrastructure needed
to build, operate, and evolve thriving Internet communities. Her
company, RealCommunities, builds enterprise community software for
vertical portals, corporate, and B2B web sites. Cynthia is a regular
speaker on web communities at various technology conferences.
is a pioneer among Internet entrepreneurs. In January 1995, she
co-founded and launched GolfWeb,
the leading golf portal, which was acquired by CBS
Sportsline in January 1998. Business Week named GolfWeb
as one of the world's 7 best websites in their "Top Products of
the Year" issue for 1996. At GolfWeb she created one of the earliest
Internet business models and raised over $10M in venture and corporate
funding based on projected revenues of advertising, ecommerce, and
membership. While developing the GolfWeb Player's Club, she realized
that web community software could be generalized and this led to
the creation of her current company, RealCommunities.
has been in the hi-tech industry her entire career. After graduating
from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in chemistry
and a minor in computer science, she started as assembly language
programmer doing fault-tolerant, database driven, networked systems
at Bank of America in San Francisco, California. During her stint
at BofA she also attended graduate school at UC Berkeley in computer
science. Later, Cynthia attended MIT's Sloan School of Management,
and after graduating started her second career as a marketing professional.
Cynthia worked for Sun Microsystems, as head of desktop and mass
storage product marketing, then later as director of software marketing.
She was also Suns' first director of standards.
Cynthia decided to teach a course on Software Product Marketing
through UC Berkeley Extension, as a way of giving back to the community
and, as it turns out, the start of a terrific network! As the class
became more and more popular, other topics for classes about the
software business also seemed like they would be successful. Cynthia
put together a program for UC
Berkeley Extension, called the Business of Software and
signed up various friends and experts to teach courses. The program
now consists of approximately 20 different courses and trains more
than 1,500 people each year. She also taught a course on web communities.
Cynthia has taught continuously since 1991.