TechNet Executive Council PROFILE

Kim Polese

Kim Polese is Chairman of CrowdSmart, Inc. based in San Francisco, California.  CrowdSmart’s predictive investment platform democratizes access to early-stage startup capital and expertise for the most promising entrepreneurs everywhere.  The company’s collective intelligent investing platform uses collective and artificial intelligence to predict the likelihood that a startup evaluated on the platform will receive significant follow-on funding.  With greater than 80 percent prediction accuracy over the past four years and 40 percent of funded startups led by women, CrowdSmart is propelling high quality startups and maximizing investor results.  Kim has been a Silicon Valley innovator from her early days at Stanford spinout IntelliCorp, the first AI company to go public.  At Sun Microsystems, Kim led the launch of Java in 1995.  She then co-founded internet software pioneer Marimba, serving as Chairman and CEO and leading the company to profitability, an IPO, and a successful acquisition by BMC.  Kim advises numerous technology startups and serves on boards including TechNet, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Public Policy Institute of California, and the Long Now Foundation.  She also served on the Obama Administration's Innovation Advisory Board, formed by Congress to deliver recommendations for leadership in an innovation-driven global economy.  Kim received her Bachelor's degree in Biophysics from UC Berkeley, studied computer science at the University of Washington, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business and Economics from California State University.  An Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, she is the recipient of the numerous awards and recognitions, 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.”

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