Founder & Managing Director, Illuminate Ventures
Cindy Padnos is the Founder of Illuminate Ventures, an early stage, high-tech Venture Capital Firm. Illuminate invests in start-ups leveraging new technologies and business models, with a particular focus in Cloud Computing. Current investments include BrightEdge, CalmSea, Hoopla, Influitive, Xactly and Yozio. Recently named to The New York Times list of Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley and previously listed by Fast Company as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology, Cindy has helped to accelerate emerging technology companies for over 25 years as an entrepreneur, advisor, investor and board member. She has raised and deployed more than $100M in venture funding to help launch dozens of innovative start-ups and bring them to successful outcomes.
Cindy is an advisor to entrepreneurial groups such as SpringBoard Enterprises, Astia, Alchemist Accelerator and Project Olympus and sits on the Business Board of Advisors for Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business where she received her MBA/MSIA.