Heidi Roizen is Operating Partner at DFJ
. She has spent her life immersed in the Silicon Valley ecosystem as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, educator and member of the boards of directors of private and public companies, trade associations and nonprofit institutions.
Heidi Roizen started out her career in 1983 as co-founder and CEO of T/Maker Company, an early personal computer software company. After T/Maker’s acquisition by Deluxe Corporation, Heidi became Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations for Apple Computer. In 1999, she became a venture capitalist, first at Mobius Venture Capital and now at DFJ, a leading technology venture capital firm where she serves as the Operating Partner. Heidi also currently serves on the boards of directors for DMGT (LSE:DMGT), ShareThis, Mode Media and Technorati. Her prior board experience includes Great Plains Software, the Pacific Exchange, the Software Publishers Association and the National Venture Capital Association, in addition to numerous academic and non-profit boards. Heidi also teaches the class “Spirit of Entrepreneurship” in the engineering department at Stanford University, and is the lead educator for the newly-formed DFJ Entrepreneurial Leaders Program at Stanford. She has undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford University.
Kim Polese is a Silicon Valley-based technology entrepreneur and business leader. She currently serves as Chairman of CrowdSmart, which provides a technology platform for continuous innovation to help entrepreneurs build better products and companies.
Ms. Polese is also Chairman of ClearStreet
, whose employer-sponsored financial wellness platform incorporates behavioral science and the power of social connectivity to help people save money and eliminate debt. Ms. Polese has a deep track record of technology innovation. She began her career at IntelliCorp, helping Fortune 100 companies use AI expert systems, and later moved into product management at Sun Microsystems where she led the launch of Java in 1995. She then co-founded Internet software pioneer Marimba, serving as President, CEO and Chairman and leading the company to profitability, an IPO and a successful acquisition by BMC. Ms. Polese advises numerous technology startups and serves on several boards, including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, TechNet, the Public Policy Institute of California, the University of California President's Board on Science and Innovation, and the Long Now Foundation. In 2011 she was named to President Obama's Innovation Advisory Board. Ms. Polese received a Bachelor's degree in Biophysics from UC Berkeley and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business and Economics from California State University. An Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, Ms. Polese is the recipient of the numerous awards and recognition including Information Week's "Top Technology Executives," The National Center for Women and Information Technology Innovator Award and Time Magazine's “25 Most Influential Americans".
Startup Grind Scotland are delighted to host this special event with Heidi and Kim in partnership with Entrepreneurial Scotland
, a network of current and future entrepreneurial leaders worldwide, who are ambitious, globally minded and have the potential to make a significant impact on Scotland.