Ann Winblad is the co-founding Partner of
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. She is a
well-known and respected software industry
entrepreneur and technology leader. Her
background and experience have been chronicled
in many national business and trade publications.
Ann has been distinguished by Upside Magazine as one of the
100 most influential people in the digital age and by Vanity Fair
as a member of the top 50 leaders of the 'New Establishment'.
Business Week also considered Ann a member of the elite 25
power brokers in the Silicon Valley and Time Digital awarded
her with the title of one of technology's 50 Cyber Elite.
Ann has over 20 years of experience in the software industry.
She began her career as a programmer and in 1976 co-founded
Open Systems, Inc., a top selling accounting software company,
with a $500 investment. She operated Open Systems profitably
for six years and then sold it for over $15 million. Prior to
co-founding Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Ann served as
a strategy consultant for prestigious clients such as IBM,
Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups. In
addition, Ann has co-authored the book Object-Oriented
Software and written articles for numerous publications, including
The Red Herring and Forbes ASAP. Ann received a BA in
mathematics and in business administration, as well as an MA in
education and international Economics from the University of St.
Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ann has served as a director of start-up and public companies
and currently serves as a director of Liquid Audio, Net
Perceptions, Rivals, The Knot, eHow, 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 such as the Software Development Forum, the
Stanford/MIT Venture Forum, and the Massachusetts Computer
Software Council, Software Industry Business Practices.