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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 VC firm investing exclusively in Enterprise cloud and mobile software companies. With three funds under management, current Illuminate market leaders include companies such as Allocadia, CafeX Communications and BrightEdge - with recent portfolio exits at Xactly Corporation (IPO NYSE: XTLY), Sense Platform (Cloudera) and Opsmatic (New Relic - NEWR). As an operating exec, Ms. Padnos was founder & CEO of Vivant (now ORCL), CEO of Acumen and VP marketing at Scopus (IPO). She has been recognized as one of Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley by the New York Times and is an active advocate of women in Tech.