Cindy Padnos

Founding Managing Director, Illuminate Ventures

Cindy Padnos is the founder and managing director of Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on B2B cloud computing. Current investments and board seats include BrightEdge, CalmSea, Hoopla and Xactly Corporation. Honored as one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010, and as one of the San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area in 2011, Cindy has been helping accelerate emerging technology companies for over 25 years. She has raised and deployed more than $100M in venture funding to launch dozens of innovative start-ups and bring them to successful outcomes. Cindy is an advisor to Astia and Project Olympus and is a member of the Business Board of Advisors for Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.