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Cindy Padnos
Founder & Managing Partner at Illuminate Ventures


Cindy Padnos is the founder and Managing Partner of Illuminate Ventures, an early stage firm investing exclusively in Enterprise/B2B software startups with three funds under management. Notable portfolio exits include Xactly (IPO NYSE: XTLY then acquired by Vista Capital), Opsmatic (now New Relic), and Sense Platform (now Cloudera).

As a prior B2B founder/CEO, Cindy has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Tech (Fast Company) and Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley (New York Times). She is a board member for the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon and author of several papers regarding diversity in high tech.