Ann L. Winblad
(born on November 1, 1950 in Red Wing, Minnesota) is a partner of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Ann L. Winblad was born on November 1, 1950 in Red Wing, Minnesota. Her father was a high school basketball coach.
She received a B.A.
in mathematics and business administration from the College of St. Catherine, as well as an M.A.
in education with a focus in international Economics from the University of St. Thomas
, St. Paul, Minnesota. She also has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of St. Thomas.
She began her career as a programmer and in 1976 she co-founded Open Systems, Inc.
, an accounting software company, with a $500 investment. She operated Open Systems profitably for six years and then sold it for more than $15 million. Prior to co-founding Hummer Winblad Venture Partners in 1989, she served as a consultant for clients such as IBM
, and Price Waterhouse
. Ann Winblad has co-authored the book Object-Oriented Software and written articles for numerous publications, including the Red Herring and Forbes.
In 1989 with John Hummer, she co-founded the venture capital firm Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Hummer Winblad Venture Partners was the first venture capital firm to focus exclusively on software investments.
Ann has served as a Director of numerous start-up and public companies and, as of 2007
, serves as a director of Intacct, Voltage Security
, Star Analytics and Mulesource
. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas
and is an adviser to numerous entrepreneur groups.
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