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is the co-founder and CEO of Hummer Winblad
Venture Partners, a $200-million venture capital fund focused
exclusively on software investments. A well-known and respected
software industry entrepreneur and technology leader, Winbland has
been named one of Upside's 100 most influential people in the digital
age and one of Vanity Fair's top 50 leaders of the "New Establishment."
She has also been cited by Business Week as one of its elite 25
power brokers in Silicon Valley and by Time Digital as one of its
50 Cyber Elite.
has over 20 years' experience in the software industry. She began
her career as a programmer and in 1976, used a $500 investment to
co-found Open Systems Inc., a top-selling accounting software company.
She operated Open Systems profitably for six years and then sold
it for over $15 million.
co-founding Hummer Winblad, Winblad served as a strategy consultant
for prestigious clients such as IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse
and numerous start-ups. She also co-authored the book "Object-Oriented
Software" and has written articles for numerous publications,
including Red Herring and Forbes ASAP.
has served as a director of start-up and public companies and currently
serves as a director of eHow, Dean & Deluca, Liquid Audio, Net Perceptions,
Rivals, The Knot and MyPrimeTime.com. She is also a member of the
board of trustees of the University of St. Thomas and is an advisor
to numerous entrepreneur groups.
received a B.A. in mathematics and business administration and a
M.A. in education and international economics from the University
of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Read the transcript of the GirlGeeks
chat with Ann Winblad.