Engineering Leadership SIG Monthly Event



  • SPEAKER: Ann Winblad, Co-founder and Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners  

    TOPIC: Rearchitecting Your Business
    As we enter 2014 we are witnessing the rapid transformation of virtually all enterprises into digital businesses. The simultaneous innovations of social networks, cloud computing, mobile devices, big data and even wearables have collided to forever change how companies engage with all their constituents: customers, partners, suppliers.  This transformation transcends traditional software development as it represents engineering's seminal role in architecting not just products, but business strategy.

    Ann Winblad is a well-known and accomplished VC, an extraordinary speaker, and will share valuable insights with our community.

    ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. 

    Hummer Winblad Venture Partners ( ) is a leading venture capital firm 
    focused exclusively on software investing and manages over $1 billion in cumulative capital. 
    Since Hummer Winblad Venture Partners’ inception in 1989 the firm has launched over 100 new 
    software companies.
    Ann has over 30 years of experience in the software industry as a successful software 
    entrepreneur, strategy advisor, technical author and venture capitalist. Her background and 
    experience have been chronicled in many international business and trade publications. Ann 
    has a BA in Mathematics and in Business Administration from St Catherine University. She has 
    an MA in Education with a focus in International Economics from the University of St. Thomas, 
    St. Paul, Minnesota. Ann also has an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from the University of 
    St. Thomas. 
    Ann has served as a Director of numerous start-up and public companies. Ann currently serves 
    on the Boards of Ace Metrix, Karmasphere, MuleSoft, Sonatype and Voltage Security. She is 
    also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas, a Board member of the 
    Richard Schulze Family Foundation and Director of SVForum. Ann also serves as an advisor to 
    many entrepreneurial organizations.


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    6:15 - 7:00 Early arrival recommended! 

    6:30 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin 
    6:30 - 7:00 Enjoy wine, beer, cheese, fruit, snacks, and networking 
    6:31 - 6:59 Engineering Leadership Peer-2-Peer Roundtable 
    7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements 
    7:10 - 8:25 Keynote and Q&A 
    8:25 - 8:30 Closing announcements 
    8:30 - 8:45 Informal networking and followup Q&A 
    8:45 - 8:50 Clean up - please leave the room beautiful 
    8:50 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!