Ann Winblad

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs
COMPANY: Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
INDUSTRY: Venture Capitalism

WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE: The firm she co-founded was the first venture capital fund to invest exclusively in software companies. She’s been involved in entrepreneurship in the software industry for more than 30 years; in 1976, she co-founded Open Systems, an accounting software maker, with a $500 investment, which she sold six years later for some $15 million. She’s been consulted by some of the biggest names in tech, and serves as a director for Voltage Security, Krillion, Mulesource, and Star Analytics.

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