News & Events

News

Recent articles, interviews and podcasts featuring Illuminate Ventures, our research, investment philosophy and focus areas:

PEAK Video Voices: Insights on Founding a Venture Capital Firm and Establishing Unique Investment Strategies

Women's PE Briefs: In the Spotlight - Behind the Scenes Story of Coupang and Illuminate Ventures

INC: MBA Students Are Clear: 85 Percent Considering Entrepreneurship After Graduatio

The Sure Shot Entrepreneur Podcast: Innovate Continuously to Remain Competitiv‪e

Institutional Investor: Venture Capital (Still) Has a Gender Problem

Poets & Quants: Study: 85% Of MBAs Interested In Entrepreneurship

Women 2.0: New Report Showcases How Female and Male MBAs Perceive Entrepreneurship and VC

Medium Post: Illuminate’s New Research Reinforces Our Conviction in Hands-On Learning for Future Entrepreneurs

Ladders: 85% of MBA Students Consider This as a Career Option

The Intelligent Investor, Silicon Valley (book): Practical advice for investors and entrepreneurs. (Illuminate one of 50 leading investors featured)

SaaS District - Video Series for Entrepreneurs: Seed Stage Investment Market & Key Metrics for SaaS Founders

20 Minute Leaders: Interview with Cindy Padnos, Founder & Managing Partner, Illuminate Ventures

MBA News: More Students Considering Entrepreneurship

Startup Mindset Academy - Investor Video Interview Series: Introducing Illuminate Ventures

The Founder Formula Podcast: Episode 17 - Cindy Padnos, Illuminate Ventures

Carnegie Mellon CONNECTS Series: How COVID Impacts The Future of Work: Which B2B Software Segments will Accelerate?

Stanford GSB Cases E-695 and E-696: Women in Venture Capital - Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures) and Cindy Padnos (Illuminate Ventures)

Unicorn Nest: Interview with Cindy Padnos (Illuminate Ventures): We invest in teams and companies that are further along

Forbes: Diversity In Venture Capital: In the U.S., It May Be Getting Worse

GeekWire: Should gender diversity on corporate boards be legally required? Women VCs, tech execs weigh in

Tech Talk with Anu: Video interview with Cindy Padnos, Illuminate Ventures

Carnegie Mellon CONNECTS: The Mismatch Between How VCs and Entrepreneurs Think (Video)

Financial Times: Female Tech Entrepreneurs are Given Less Space to Fail

TechCrunch: There are very real differences in how women and men (and VCs) view entrepreneurship, underscores a new survey

Entrepreneur: The Surprising Differences Between Men's and Women's Motives and Obstacles in Becoming Entrepreneurs

CMU Webinar: Overcoming Entrepreneurial Barriers: With Cindy Padnos and Shanna Tellerman

All About Alpha: Illuminating Gender Differences in Entrepreneurship

SandHill.com: M.R. Asks 3 Questions- Cindy Padnos, founder Illuminate Ventures

Women 2.0: Important Findings about Founders and VCs' Show Big Changes and Big Gaps

Entrepreneur: How the Founder of Modsy and Her Mentor Are Building a 'Power Squad' to Help Women in Business

SaaStr - The Twenty Minute VC Podcast: The Unwavering Power of Predictable Revenue - Interview with Cindy Padnos

Forbes: Ten Female Founded Venture Capital Funds You Should Have in Your Network

Smart Company: Networking is key to better funding outcomes

Preqin: Women in Venture Capital Report

Preqin: Special Report Women in Alternative Assets

Inc. com: Why Middle America Can Be Better For Entrepreneurs than Silicon Valley

Carnegie Mellon Today: Illuminating Presence

Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper Magazine: Nothing Ventured - Nothing Gained

KMTV Game Changers Silicon Valley Interview Series: Why More VC Money is going into Fewer Deals

SuperInvestor US Video Interview with Cindy Padnos and Eric Benhamou: What are the hallmarks of the next tech unicorn?

Inc.: What Entrepreneurs Really Want From VCs

MiBiz: Q&A with Cindy Padnos

She Started it Documentary: Watch the film trailer

New York Times: Influential Women in Silicon Valley

Stanford Technology Ventures – Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series, Cindy Padnos Interview: An Enterprising Approach to Investment (over 9,000 views/podcast downloads)

Carnegie Mellon University, Masters in Engineering Management, Commencement Address

Events

Upcoming and Recent Illuminate Speaking/Judging Events

French American Chamber of Commerce, Panelist: What are the Tech & VC trends for 2021?

BRIIA B2B Accelerator Annual State of the Startup, Panelist: Addressing the Gender Gap

SuperTechnology North America, Panelist: Creating Diversity - Using new approaches to create diversity

Comeback Capital, Judge: Live Pitch: Midwest Startups Compete for Coastal Investment

Carnegie Mellon CONNECTS Series, Keynote Speaker: How COVID Impacts The Future of Work: Which B2B Software Segments will Accelerate?

SaaStr LAUNCH Accelerator, Startup judge and advisor

Startup Haven, Speaker: Networking event for venture-scale founders

Foster School of Business, Judge: Entrepreneurial Influence and MBA Pitch

Epic Events, Panelist and Judge: State of Female Founders Investor Panel + Pitch

Equity Summit, Invitation-only annual event for LPs and GPs

SuperReturn US West, Panelist: “When venturing into technology”

Enterprise, Co-sponsor: Invitation-only gathering of top Enterprise CEOs and investors

Berkeley-Haas, Judge: National VCIC competition Venture Capital Investment Competition 

Early Growth Financial Services, Meet the VC: Interactive session

Center for Investor Education (CIE): Panelist: Differentiated Investments

Stanford/NVCA VC Symposium, Panelist: Secrets of Successful Boards

Enterprise Retreat, Panel Moderator: CXOs speak out - CIO Intel, CRO Pepsico, CIO Verizon

SXSW, Entrepreneurship Track Panelist: Turning the Tables: Entrepreneur to Investor

SXSW, Guest Speaker: Springboard Community Dinner

StartOut, Panelist: Meet the investors panel with partners from DCM, DFJ, Felicis and Illuminate

SuperRetun West, Panelist: Future hot sectors in Venture Capital

SaaStr, Speaker: Tackling the biggest success attributes and barriers for entrepreneurs

Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMOE), Judge: Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Startup Finals

Women's Startup Lab, Guest Speaker

PartnerConnect, Panelist: From Pre-Seed to Post-Seed and Everything in Between

Salesforce Ventures, Mentor: Dreamforce Female Founders Breakfast

Vanderbilt Darden School of Business, Guest Lecturer: Venture Capital

UC Berkeley HaaS School of Business, Fireside Chat: The Current State of Tech Entrepreneurship

TechCrunch Disrupt, Female Founders Office Hours

StartOut, Panelist: Meet the VC Partners from DCM, DFJ, Felicis and Illuminate

100 Women in Finance, Panelist: AI in Finance and Beyond: Applications, Opportunities, and Ethics

NTT Innovation Institute, Speaker: Trends in Enterprise Tech

FairFunders, Webinar speaker: Founder Access to VCs

VC Taskforce, Panelist: Women's Fundraising Roundtable

SuperReturn, Panelist: Venture Capital Trends

Tepper Fireside Chat, Speaker: Tech and Entrepreneurship Trends

Ladies Who Launch, Moderator: Finance Hustle Panel

VC Taskforce, Panelist: Finding Your First Investor

Tiger 21, Speaker: The Evolution of Venture Capital Investing

1M/1M Roundtable, Panelist: Web Seminar

NVCA, Panelist: Successful Fundraiser's Philosophy

Board Leadership Forum/Nat'l Assoc. of Corporate Directors, Panelist: Innovation and Strategy as Part of a Board's DNA

Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business, Speaker: Koeze Business Ethics Initiative

RAISE, Panelist: Starting a New VC Firm From Scratch

Stanford GSB, Speaker: Women and Venture Capital

Women’s Private Equity Summit, Panelist: Current State and Ongoing Evolution in Venture Capital  Investing

Archived News

VentureBeat: The top 5 trends cloud-focused VCs are most excited about

San Jose Business Journal: To Pitch or Not to Pitch – Startup founders weigh VC funds vs. bootstrapping

UC Davis Graduate School of Management: Women Who Count – Cindy Padnos on Impact Through Investing

Inc.com: 5 Best-Kept Secrets about Enterprise Software

Women 2.0: Yes, There Is Such a Thing as Raising Too Much Capital

PE HUB: Facebook-Blind – VCs Missed Opportunities in B2B Cloud Investments

Silicon Valley Business Journal: Why Hiring More Women Can Make you Money

Venture Beat: Forget Facebook! Meet 12 investors on the hunt for the next Microsoft 

Inc.com: The Enterprise Cloud’s Silver Lining

Peninsula Press: Back to Basics – VC’s remind today’s generation of entrepreneurs what it takes to succeed

Inc.: Insider’s Guide to Silicon Valley Investors

Fortune: Fast Forwarding Women in Tech

Gust: Investor Videos –Cindy Padnos Interview – Recommendations for Start-up Entrepreneurs

The Network: The Cloud and the Changing Role of the Investor

Forbes: Run 100% of a Business in the Cloud?

CloudTweaks: On the Verge: 100% Cloud Fueled Ventures

San Francisco Magazine: The Smart Money

Washington Post: Five myths about entrepreneurs http://wapo.st/r0ayDO

New York Times: Women and Technology and Myth http://nyti.ms/a2ToVq

Announcement of Illuminate Ventures I Final Close  (link to our own release here):

     – VentureBeat: Women-led VC firm Illuminate raises $20M fund http://bit.ly/1h3j2j9

     – Dow Jones VentureWire: Illuminate Ventures Closes $20M Micro VC Fund http://bit.ly/1duc7yV

     – Strictly VC: In VC, Going it Alone, with Plenty of Company http://bit.ly/19HoNKw

     – VatorNews: Illuminate Ventures raises $20M for new fund http://bit.ly/1aQZBS0

     – Women 2.0: Female-led micro VC firm Illuminate Ventures announces $20M fund http://bit.ly/18uRJJL

Reuters: The Great Debate – Why aren’t there more foreign female entrepreneurs? http://reut.rs/ncvSia

Inc.: The Case Against the All-Male Start-up http://bit.ly/nxjFA4

The Ideas Project: Cindy Padnos Video-Investors Can Benefit By Backing Women Entrepreneurshttp://bit.ly/p6b1Wd

San Francisco Business Times: Most Influential Women in the Bay Area Business Named http://bit.ly/kzlq87

Vator News Innovation Series: Today’s Entrepreneur http://bit.ly/lEiMOR

MediaPost: Do We Need More Women in Technology?

Insider: The Age of the Female -Centric Start-up

Huffington Post: Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise

Business Standard: Enterprise knows no gender

Forbes: High-Performance Women in High Tech

The Ideas Project: The Women Of Technology: Making It To The Top http://bit.ly/nA0K2l

Financial Times: Geeky world of IT loses its appeal as a career choice http://on.ft.com/ppRr8s

WOMEN 2.0: 5 Female Angels and Investors to Watch http://bit.ly/e9dF4s

VatorNews Today’s Entrepreneur: Cindy Padnos Profile http://bit.ly/lEiMOR

The Wall Street Journal: Making Strides at Start-Ups http://on.wsj.com/kDv9CX

Sandhill.com: Meet Tomorrow’s High-Performance Companies http://bit.ly/eNHp7P

Venture Beat: FailCon: How to fail gracefully with a startup http://bit.ly/a1BYUr

Mashable/Business: Why We Need to Reframe the “Women in Tech” Debate http://bit.ly/cqoW2w

PEHub: A VC Firm By Women, For Women — And Men Too http://bit.ly/96fan9 (requires subscription)

The Wall Street Journal: Daily VC Dispatch Cindy Padnos, Illuminate Ventures, on Venture Chemistryhttp://bit.ly/ckRHeF (video interview)

New York Times: Female Entrepreneurs on the Rise http://nyti.ms/9jpuO2

San Jose Mercury News: Cassidy: A wave of women entrepreneurs may be coming http://bit.ly/cz4Hy9

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: The New Entrepreneur – Why Venture Capital Firms Need More Women Partnershttp://bit.ly/dnTsEz

Palo Alto Weekly: What Ceiling? http://bit.ly/8YGSAs

Forbes.com: How To Write A Winning Business Plan http://bit.ly/c5qrkg

New York Times: Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley http://nyti.ms/9OZU1R

Fast Company: The Most Influential Women in Technology http://bit.ly/9JZLPW

Forbes: We Need More Female Venture Capitalists http://bit.ly/ax2r18

Fortune: How to build a startup: her best advice http://bit.ly/dtgg5W

Reuters Venture Capital Journal (VCJ): Women in VC http://bit.ly/9JLNry (Requires subscription)

Fast Company: Startups: An “Alpha Male Pissing-Contest?” http://bit.ly/bNqZX6

New York Entrepreneur Week: Why Men Get VC Money and Women Don’t ….and How that is Changing

New York Times: The Art of Running a Small Business http://nyti.ms/9MTmyQ

BusinessWeek Online: Addressing the Dearth of Female Entrepreneurs  See page 2

TechCrunch: Silicon Valley You’ve got a Gender Problem

NBC Bay Area Editorial: Bay Area Boys Club

TechCrunch: A Fix for Discrimination – Follow the Indian Trail

Prior Events

The Wall Street Journal Women in the Economy, Co-chair: Entrepreneurship Task Force

Harvard Business School Alumni Angel Association, Webinar Panelist: SaaS Investing Overview with partners from Emergence Capital, Pivot North, Costanoa and Illuminate Ventures 

University of Michigan College of Engineering, Keynote Speaker: Commencement Address

DataWeek, Panelist: Ask an Investor – Emerging Markets in Big Data

SuperInvestor US 2015, Panelist: Next Generation Venture Capital 

Women 2.0 Founder Meet-up, Speaker: Building your startup

PITME Labs, Mentor: Startup Demo Day

Forté Forum, Moderator: MBA Alumnae Panel

The App Retreat, The App Economy

B2B Startup Weekend, Judge: 54 hour startup competition

TiECon, Panelist: How to get seed funding for your startup? 

IBM SmartCamp, Judge: Global Startup Competition Finals

Girls Rising, Panelist and Pitch Judge

Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business, Panelist: The Keys to Creating Innovative Products

Alchemist Accelerator, Judge and mentor

Department of Homeland Security IT Security Entrepreneurs’ Forum (ITSEF), Panelist: Results that Matter – Women IT Entrepreneurs

Pipeline Fellowship, Panelist: Structuring the Deal

Carnegie Mellon University – Silicon Valley,  Keynote: Commencement Address

G8 Tech Conference and DNA Summit, Panelist: Innovation Lab in the Sky

Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, Panelist: Why Investing in Women Founders and Entrepreneurs Makes Business Sense

85 Broads 2020 Vision, Guest Speaker: Opportunistic Investing for the Next Decade

The National Academies Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, Panelist: Early-stage Capital in the United States

Astia Entrepreneur Program in Silicon Valley, Panelist: Own Your Financials

Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business, Featured Speaker: James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series 

Vator Splash, Judge: Early-stage Pitch Competition

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, US Department of State Delegate: Women and the Economy Summit

Intuit Apps Showcase, Panelist and Competition Judge: Applications for SMBs