Cindy Padnos is the founder and Managing Partner of Illuminate Ventures. Padnos focuses primarily in cloud computing sector with a particular emphasis on B2B Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and platforms, big data/real-time analytics, enterprise social, technology-enabled services and mobile communications investments.
She currently serves as a director of privately held portfolio companies BrightEdge, CalmSea, Hoopla and Xactly Corporation. Prior to founding Illuminate, she was a director of Outlook Ventures, where she sourced more than half of the firm's new investments including companies in the IT infrastructure, software/SaaS, consumer Internet and mobile application spaces.
Tom Kosnik is a Fenwick and West Consulting Professor, Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), at Stanford School of Engineering. He is an International Advisor for National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Centre, and a cofounder of Gear Up Ventures, a global partnership that helps entrepreneurs in organizations large and small to create new markets and disrupt existing markets.
Teaching: His current courses include Global Entrepreneurial Marketing, Technology Entrepreneurship, New Venture Creation, and Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Program. He taught Marketing at Harvard Business School from 1985-89, and launched HBS's Entrepreneurial Marketing course in1995-97.
Professional Education: Kosnik helps leaders and teams in start-ups, global companies, and other organizations to apply best-of-class tools to overcome real-world challenges. Topics include:
* Gear up: Your Best Idea Ever! Interactive anti-book/digital models for creating or disrupting a market
Illuminate Ventures Founder Cindy Padnos talks candidly with Stanford Consulting Professor Tom Kosnik about the value of leveraging advisor relationships, the sometimes surprising responsibilities of a CEO, and the fundamental differences between the roles of entrepreneur and venture capitalist.