Advisors

Illuminate benefits from a world-class Business Advisory Council made up of more than 40 of the most successful members of the global high tech ecosystem - all of whom work closely with the firm and with the founding teams in our portfolio.

Advisory Council members come from four categories of experience – each with relevance to our enterprise tech focus:

  •     Tech entrepreneurs that have achieved large, successful outcomes in the enterprise space
  •     Corporate executives and board members of market-leading enterprise technology companies
  •     Investors and service providers experienced in achieving strategic exits
  •     Educators and non-profit Execs that mentor, educate and fund tech entrepreneurs, with a focus on diversity
Nancy Albertini
Nancy Albertini

Chairman of executive search firm, Kingsley Gate, Inc., board member VT&T; prior co-founder and Managing Director Pagemill Partners, founder and CEO Taylor Winfield, Inc. and senior executive at RCA.

Paulette Altmaier
Paulette Altmaier

Board member Lea(R)n, The Concord Consortium, Learning Equality; prior board member Khan Academy, VP, Global SMB Solutions Dell, EVP Juniper Networks, VP/GM Cisco, VP Engineering Adaptec, exec positions at Apple, Grid Systems, Ungermann-Bass and Intel. Holder of 3 patents.

Radha Basu
Radha Basu

CEO iMerit Technology Services, Santa Clara University – Center for Science Technology and Society; prior CEO Anudip Foundation, CEO SupportSoft.com, GM Hewlett Packard, EIR Simmons School of Management, Boards of Interplast, C.E.O. Women.

Wendy Beecham
Wendy Beecham

Associate Client Partner Korn Ferry Advisory Services; prior Managing Director Executive Education, UC Davis Graduate School of Business, CEO of Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives.

Gerard Brossard
Gerard Brossard

EVP & COO Rimini Street, Advisory Boards of multiple SaaS start-ups; prior EVP and General Manager Rackspace Solutions and Services, EVP and Managing Director, Enterprise and Mid-Market Business Unit and IT Earthlink, and executive positions at Visa and Hewlett-Packard; BOD Mphasis.

Janice Chaffin
Janice Chaffin

Board member for Synopsys, PTC, Informatica and CareerBuilder, Board of Visitors and Executive Committee Member, UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business; prior Member Operating Committee of Ancestry.com, boards of International Game Technology and EFI, Group President Consumer BU, Symantec and VP/GM HP.

Caretha Coleman
Caretha Coleman

Dignity Health board (prior Chairman) and member of the Board Emeriti Silicon Valley Community Fdn. Coleman Consulting; prior executive roles at HP, Interval Research, and Software Publishing, founding member of The Angels' Forum.

David Coulter
David Coulter

Special Limited Partner at Warburg Pincus, LLC; prior Managing Director, Member of the Executive Management Group and Vice Chairman, Warburg Pincus, Vice Chair J. P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Chairman and CEO BankAmerica Corporation.

Jim Dai
Jim Dai

Venture Partner at Altos Ventures; prior founder and CEO CalmSea, Inc. Prior executive technology and operations management positions at Coupang, DemandTec, Vivant, Informix, and Siebel Systems.

Claudia Fan Munce
Claudia Fan Munce

Venture Advisor NEA, NVCA Corporate Venture Advisory Board, chairwoman of Global Corporate Venturing, American Advancement of Science Lemelson Fellowship Advisor, boards of Bank of the West/BNP Paribas, Best Buy; prior IBM Managing Director, Venture Capital Group, VP Corporate Strategy, & Research Division Exec.

Liz Fetter
Liz Fetter

Board of Directors at McGrath Rent Corp, Fox Factory, and Talend; prior CEO at Symmetricom, NxGen Modular, Jacent Technologies, QRS and NorthPoint, executive positions at US West and Pacific Bell; former board member at Symmetricom, Connexed, Quantum Corp and Ikanos.

Celeste Ford
Celeste Ford

Founder & CEO Stellar Solutions, Inc.; Board of Directors Simpson Manufacturing and Instrumental, Inc., Board of Trustees for University of Notre Dame and ACT; prior board member Foundry Networks.

Sarah Friar
Sarah Friar

CEO Nextdoor, Boards of Walmart and Slack; prior CFO and Operations Lead Square, SVP of Finance and Strategy Salesforce.com, Managing Director Technology Business Unit Leader and lead software analyst at Goldman Sachs, and previously with McKinsey & Company. Prior board member of Spark, ModelN, New Relic, Inc.

Earl Fry
Earl Fry

Board member & Audit Committee Chair at Hawaiian Airlines, board at Central Pacific Financial Corp., Audit & Trust Committees, board of Univ. of Hawaii Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship; prior board Xactly Corp., Informatica CFO, Chief Customer Officer and EVP Services & Support. CFO at Omnicell, Inc., C*ATS Software, Inc., and Weitek Corp. Five-time Institutional Investor CFO of the Year.

Ken Goldman
Ken Goldman

President Hillspire, LLC; boards of NXP Semiconductor, Fortinet, RingCentral, Zuora, GoPro, Gigamon and other private companies. Cornell University Trustee Emeritus and Presidential Councilor, Prior CFO Yahoo! Inc., Fortinet, Siebel Systems, Exite@Home, Sybase, VLSI and Cypress Semiconductor.

Robert Gunderson
Robert Gunderson

Founding partner and chairman Gunderson, Dettmer, Stough, Villeneuve, Franklin &Hachigian, LLP; Board of Directors Theravance, Inc.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Advisory Board; Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.

Nancy Heinen
Nancy Heinen

Board Member, Verb Technology, Teen Success, Inc., First Place for Youth, SV2 – Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, Senior Fellow American Leadership Forum; prior SVP, General Counsel and Secretary Apple Computer, VP, General Counsel and Secretary NeXT, attorney Tandem.

Cliff Higgerson
Cliff Higgerson

Venture Partner Walden International and Senior Advisor Illuminate Ventures; prior General Partner Vanguard Ventures and ComVentures (sample deals: AOL, Ciena, Digital Island, Xtera, Ygnition, Tellabs); former Managing Partner H&Q.

Sabrina Horn
Sabrina Horn

CEO, Horn Strategy, LLC, board member Boston University Alumni Council, Dieu Donné, Dogly.com, German Accelerator Group, Kasada.io, and The Jordan Edmiston Group; prior Managing Partner, US Technology Practice Finn Partners, Founder, President and CEO of Horn Group, positions at Blanc & Otus and Edelman.

Amal Johnson
Amal Johnson

Board member Intuitive Surgical, CalAmp, and Ezzex; prior CEO and Board chair MarketTools, board member Mellanox Technologies, and Author-IT, founding General Partner Lightspeed Venture Partners, President of Baan NA, President of ASK and senior executive at IBM.

Don Keller
Don Keller

Co-founder & CEO of Joinder, Board of Overseers Boston College Law School; prior Partner and Exec Committee Member, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe where he advised clients on hundreds of IPOs, acquisitions, and venture financings, partner Venture Law Group.

Michele Klein
Michele Klein

Board Member Intevac (NASDAQ:IVAC), Photon Control (TSX:PHO), and Gridtential (private), CEO Jasper Ridge Inc; prior director of Applied Ventures (NASDAQ:AMAT), CEO and founder of Boxer Cross, High Yield Technology, executive at Knoll and Hewlett Packard.

Tom Kosnik, Ph.D.
Tom Kosnik, Ph.D.

Partner, FoundersX Ventures; prior Fenwick and West Consulting Professor, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Dept. of Mgmt. Science and Engineering, Stanford University. Teaches Global Entrepreneurial Marketing; Technology Entrepreneurship; New Venture Creation.

Jean Kovacs
Jean Kovacs

Partner, Hillsven Ventures; Board member Retail Zipline, ALW; prior co-founder & CEO Comergent, co-founder & EVP Qualix Group, executive at Sterling Commerce (AT&T), Sun Microsystems, Frame Technology and Compugraphic. Interim CEO/CEO Advisor including as CEO, SomersaultOrthopedics.

Kathy Levinson
Kathy Levinson

Former Managing Director Golden Seeds, board member DRY Soda, President and COO of E*TRADE Financial, Sr. Executive Charles Schwab, Jewish Community Federation of SF, Albert Schultz Jewish Community Center and Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

Kira Makagon
Kira Makagon

Chief Innovation Officer at Ring Central, Board Member Calix; prior co-founder & CEO Red Aril (acquired by Hearst Corp.), co-founder & CEO NebuAd, co-founder & EVP Octane (acquired by E.piphany) and VP Engineering at Scopus Technology (IPO).

Amy Millman
Amy Millman

Co-founder, President & Board of Springboard Enterprises, advisor for Enterprising Woman, Belle VC, NY Fashion Tech Lab Executive Committee, George Washington Univ. Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation; prior Exec. Director, National Women’s Business Council.

Carol Mills
Carol Mills

Board of Directors Entertainment Partners, Zynga; prior Board Chair/Director Xactly, WhiteHat Security, Alaska Communications, Ingram Micro, Adobe, Blue Coat, Tecelek, EVP of Juniper Networks, CEO of Acta Technology and GM at HP.

Rebecca Norlander
Rebecca Norlander

VP of Software - Personal Systems HP, Boston University Board of Overseers; prior Venture Partner Illuminate Ventures, Co-founder & CEO Health 123, Microsoft Executive – General Manager Online Ad Platform, Technical Assistant to the Chief Software Architect.

Judy O'Brien
Judy O'Brien

Member, Board of Directors Ciena Corporation, Theatro Labs, MagicCube, and MBioDx, Inc.; prior Partner King & Spalding, EVP and General Counsel, Obopay Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Founder and MD of Incubic Venture Fund and Laurel Advisers.

Donna Petkanics
Donna Petkanics

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; prior Board of Directors and co-chair of the Compensation, Hiring, and Nominating Committee, head of WSGR Operations and Board of Directors of the WSGR Foundation.

Ron Rasmussen
Ron Rasmussen

CTO Xactly Corp; prior VP Engineering Quova and Lithium Technologies, CTO & VP Engineering KnowNow, SVP Engineering and Operations Digital Impact, VP The Santa Cruz Operation, Architect/Senior Engineer, Computer Language Lab HP.

Tami Reller
Tami Reller

Chief Marketing & Experience Officer of UnitedHealth Group; Boards of SPS Commerce, Avalara; prior Executive Vice President Optum (acquired by UnitedHealth Group), EVP, CMO and CFO for the Windows Division at Microsoft; prior CFO of Great Plains Software (acquired by Microsoft).

Janice Roberts
Janice Roberts

Partner, Benhamou Global Ventures, boards of ARM Holdings, RealNetworks, and Zebra Technologies, advisory board INSEAD; prior Managing Director at Mayfield Fund, President 3Com Ventures, SVP 3Com and MD/President of BICC Data Networks.

Judy Robinett
Judy Robinett

Founder & President, JRobinett Enterprises; prior Advisor Newpark Capital, MD Golden Seeds, CEO Senta Technologies and Medical Discoveries, Inc., Boards Magic Valley Medical Center, Universal Frozen Foods and Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.

Sanjay Sadhu
Sanjay Sadhu

VP & General Manager at Hitachi Vantara, Board at Aviso.ai; prior management roles, HP Enterprise, Oracle, Qwest Communications, and Hewlett-Packard in Asia.

Avanish Sahai
Avanish Sahai

VP ISV & App partnerships at Google Cloud, Board Hubspot, BayBrazil, and World Affairs; prior executive at ServiceNow, Salesforce and multiple startups in the enterprise space, early career at Oracle and McKinsey.

Lucy Sanders
Lucy Sanders

CEO and co-founder National Center for Women & IT, Trustee Colorado School of Mines; prior Executive-in-Residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder, executive positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs and Avaya Labs and BOD of Gold Systems, Solidware and Upsource.

Nancy Schoendorf
Nancy Schoendorf

General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures since 1993, Board member Shutterfly and several private companies; prior engineering management positions at HP, Software Publishing Corp and Sun Microsystems.

Leyla Seka
Leyla Seka

Partner, Operator Collective, Co-Creator, Black Venture Institute, Boards of Proofpoint, UC Berkeley Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, Girls Who Code; prior General Manager and SVP Salesforce.com, product management and marketing roles at Primavera Systems, Evolve Software, Vivant and Eutron SPA.

Chris Shipley
Chris Shipley

Author of The Adaptation Advantage, advisor to startups, Curator Newsgeist, Member & Vice Chair Alberta Research and Innovation Advisory Committee, Member of the Board of Thinktomi and La Foundation du Startup de Montreal; prior Executive Producer, DEMO Conferences, CEO Guidewire Labs.

Steve Strandberg
Steve Strandberg

Director Crescent Capital BDC, Inc., Nominating & Audit Committees, Co-Founder and Managing Partner Albany Road Real Estate Ptrs., board roles with numerous companies and several non-profits; prior Managing Director and Co-Founder of WestBridge Ventures, ARAMEX Co. Ltd., technology investment banker with Morgan Stanley, DLJ and Merrill Lynch.

Shanna Tellerman
Shanna Tellerman

Cofounder and CEO Modsy, Inc., prior Partner Google Ventures, Cofounder and CEO Wild Pockets (acquired by AutoDesk), Cloud Product Line Manager Autodesk.

Sharon Vosmek
Sharon Vosmek

CEO Astia, member of Astia Angels and Managing Director of the Astia Fund. Advisory Board of the National Academy of Engineering, AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Committee, and Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst; prior management positions at American Express and in the office of U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini.

Telle Whitney
Telle Whitney

CEO Telle Whitney, LLC, Boards Power and Systems, AI4ALL, and Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities; prior CEO The Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology, positions with Malleable Technologies and Actel, co-founder Grace Hopper Conference; BOD Caltech's Information Science and Technology and California Institute for Telecommunications and IT.

Jim Yu
Jim Yu

Founder and CEO BrightEdge; prior Director Product Management Salesforce, Venture Consultant Kleiner Perkins, and product leadership roles at Aether Systems and Mercator Software (now IBM).