Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Dr. Ann L. Winblad is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Dr. Winblad is well versed with the software industry as an entrepreneur and technology professional with over 30 years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications. She served as a Strategy Consultant at IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups. Prior to that, in 1976, Dr. Winblad co-founded Open Systems, Inc. She operated Open Systems profitably for six years. Dr. Winblad began her career as a System Programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank. She has been a Director of Karmasphere since April 2010. Dr. Winblad serves as a Member of the Board at MyPrimeTime, Inc., eHow, Inc., Ace Metrix, Inc., MuleSoft, Inc., Sonatype, Inc., Star Analytics, Inc., and Voltage Security, Inc. Dr. Winblad is a Member of the Venture Capital Advisory Council of IBM. She served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Krillion, Inc.; Dean & DeLuca, Inc. since December 1999; L Q Corporation, Inc. (also known as Liquid Audio Inc.) from May 1996 to April 2, 2003; Berkeley Systems; Central Point Software; Intrinsa; Netopia Inc.; Slate Corporation; T/Maker; Marketwire, Inc.; Hyperion; Stamford Industrial Group, Inc. since August 1996; and Humongous Entertainment. Additionally, she served as a Member of the Board of Director of XO Group Inc. (a/k/a The Knot Inc.) from April 1998 to October 2006. Dr. Winblad served as a Director of Arbor Software Corp. since June 1991. She served as Director of Intacct Corporation. She served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Rivals.com Inc. since March 1999. Dr. Winblad is an Advisor to numerous entrepreneurial groups such as the Stanford/MIT Venture Forum, the Massachusetts Computer Software Council, and Software Industry Business Practices. She is a Co-Chairwoman at the Software Development Forum. Dr. Winblad serves as the Director and Former Chairman of SVForum and is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas. In addition, she has Co-authored the book Object-Oriented Software and has written articles for numerous publications. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Winblad received an M.A. in Education and International Economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota and a B.A. in Mathematics and in Business Administration from the College of St. Catherine.
Are Clouds the Gateway Drug to a Quantified Society?
Topics that will be discussed include:
Fear & Loathing in Corporate IT: A Savage Journey to the Cloud
It all seemed innocent enough as employees started experimenting with the cloud: popping a few compute instances, dropping the latest collaboration cloud, or mainlining a PaaS to build a cool new Web app. But then the line between IT reality and rogue clouds became blurred, and we entered into an era of Gonzo IT, where the cloud is personal and the truth is hard to find. Amid this cloud haze, we struggle to even locate all our corporate data, let alone secure it. Join this journey and discover how IT leaders can gain back control of the cloud and data without being a complete downer to the rest of the organization. And how, in fact, you can be the new source of cloud ecstasy for your users.