Kim Polese

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Former CEO of SpikeSource and Co-Founder of Marimba

Kim Polese is a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technology executive. Kim was the founding product manager for Java at Sun Microsystems and led its launch in 1995. She then co-founded Marimba Inc., which forged the first generation of systems management software for the Internet. Kim served as President, CEO and Chairman of Marimba, leading the company to profitability and a successful public offering and acquisition by BMC Corporation in 2004. She then served as CEO of SpikeSource Inc., a pioneer in automating open source software management which was acquired by Black Duck in November 2010. Earlier in her career, Kim worked on expert systems at IntelliCorp, helping Fortune 500 companies apply AI to solving complex business challenges. Ms. Polese earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley and studied Computer Science at the University of Washington, Seattle and holds an honorary doctorate from California State University. She is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and serves on several boards including TechNet, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Public Policy Institute of California, University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation, 415UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, the Long Now Foundation, and the Global Security Institute.