Illuminate benefits from a world-class Business Advisory Council made up more than 40 of the most successful members of the global high tech ecosystem - all of whom work closely with the firm and with the founding teams in our portfolio.

Advisory Council members come from four categories of experience – each with relevance to our enterprise tech focus:

  • ·    Tech entrepreneurs that have achieved large, successful outcomes in the enterprise space
  • ·    Corporate executives and board members of market-leading enterprise technology companies
  • ·    Investors and service providers experienced in achieving strategic exits
  • ·    Educators and non-profit CEOs that mentor, educate and seed fund tech entrepreneurs, many with a focus on women
Nancy Albertini

Chairman of executive search firm, Kingsley Gate, Inc., board member VT&T; prior co-founder and Managing Director Pagemill Partners, founder and CEO Taylor Winfield, Inc. and senior executive at RCA.

Paulette Altmaier

Khan Academy; prior VP, Global SMB Solutions at Dell, EVP Juniper Networks, VP/GM Cisco, VP, Engineering Adaptec; previous management and engineering positions at Apple, Grid Systems, Ungermann-Bass and Intel.  Holder of 3 patents.

Radha Bassu

CEO Anudip Foundation, EIR Simmons School of Management, Boards of Interplast, C.E.O. Women, Santa Clara University – Center for Science Technology and Society; former CEO and GM at Hewlett Packard.

Wendy Beecham

Managing Principal, Korn Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting; prior Managing Director Executive Education, UC Davis Graduate School of Business, CEO of Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives.

Sandra Bergeron

Boards of TraceSecurity, Inc., ArcSight Inc., Qualys Inc., TriCipher Inc., and Venture Advisor to Trident Capital; prior Executive Vice President of McAfee.

Linda Bernardi

Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Cloud, Founder & CEO, StraTerra Partners, Trustee SETI Institute, committee chair NDIA, BOD of Meteor Solutions, Cloudant, AFEI; prior founder & CEO of ConnecTerra, Inc., emeritus board member at Anita Borg Institute.

Gerard Brossard

EVP and Managing Director, Managed Services and IT of Earthlink, Advisory Boards of multiple SaaS start-ups; prior CEO of an incubated business of rich Media Management Software Solutions; previously held executive positions at Visa and Hewlett-Packard.

Janice Chaffin

Board Member at Synopsys, PTC and prior Member, Operating Committee of Board of Visitors UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and Trustee at Montalvo Arts Center; prior Group President, Consumer BU at Symantec and VP/GM HP.

Shaherose Charania

Founder at Founder Labs and Co-Founder & CEO at Women 2.0; prior EIR at Opinno, Product Launch Consultant at Ribbit, Director of Product Management at Talenthouse and Jajah; TiE global governance and operations.

Caretha Coleman

Dignity Health board (prior Chairman) and member of the Board Emeriti Silicon Valley Community Fdn. Coleman Consulting. Prior executive and senior roles at HP, Interval Research, and Software Publishing. Founding member of The Angels' Forum.

David Coulter

Managing Director, Member of the Executive Management Group and Vice Chairman at Warburg Pincus, LLC; prior Vice Chair J. P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Chairman and CEO BankAmerica Corporation.

Claudia Fan Munce

Managing Director IBM Venture Capital Group, VP Corporate Strategy IBM, chairman NVCA Corporate Venture Advisory Board, board member Latin America Venture Capital Association; prior executive in IBM Research Division.

Liz Fetter

Board of Directors at McGrath Rent Corp; prior CEO at Symmetricom, NxGen Modular, Jacent Technologies, QRS and NorthPoint, executive positions at US West and Pacific Bell; former BOD at Symmetricom, Connexed, Quantum Corp and Ikanos.

Celeste Ford

Founder & CEO Stellar Solutions, Inc.; BOD Simpson Manufacturing and Instrumental, Inc., Board of Trustees for University of Notre Dame and ACT. Prior board member Foundry Networks.

Sarah Friar

CFO and Operations Lead, Square, board member of Spark, ModelN, New Relic, Inc; prior SVP of Finance and Strategy,; Managing Director, Technology Business Unit Leader and lead software analyst at Goldman Sachs, and previously with McKinsey & Company.

Earl Fry

Board of Directors at Xactly Corporation, Hawaiian Airlines, Central Pacific Financial. Prior CFO, Chief Customer Officer, and EVP of Services at Informatica. Five time Institutional Investor CFO of the Year. Board member Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Hawaii.

Ken Goldman

CFO, Yahoo! Inc.; Cornell University Trustee Emeritus and Presidential Councilor; board member at NXP, Gigamon, GoPro and Yahoo Japan and private companies; prior CFO Fortinet, Siebel Systems, Exite@Home, Sybase, VLSI and Cypress Semiconductor.

Robert Gunderson

Founding partner Gunderson, Dettmer, Stough, Villeneuve, Franklin & Hachigian, LLP; Board of Directors of Theravance, Inc.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Advisory Board; Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.

Nancy Heinen

Prior SVP, General Counsel and Secretary Apple Computer, VP, General Counsel and Secretary NeXT, attorney Tandem.

Cliff Higgerson

Venture Partner Walden International and Senior Advisor Illuminate Ventures; prior General Partner Vanguard Ventures and ComVentures (sample deals: AOL, Ciena, Digital Island, Xtera, Ygnition, Tellabs); former managing director H&Q.

Sabrina Horn

Managing Partner, US Technology Practice at Finn Partners; previously Founder, President and CEO of Horn Group; prior positions at Blanc & Otus and Edelman.

Amal Johnson

Board member Intuitive Surgical, Mellanox Technologies, CalAmp and Author-IT; prior CEO and Board chair MarketTools; prior founding General Partner Lightspeed Venture Partners, President of Baan NA, President of ASK and senior executive at IBM.

Don Keller

Partner and Exec Committee Member, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Board of Overseers Boston College Law Schoolhas advised clients on hundreds of IPOs, acquisitions, and venture financings; former partner Venture Law Group.

Michele Klein

CEO, Jasper Ridge; BOD Gridtential, SVASE, San Jose Museum of Art, and Polaris Ventures Enertech; prior Senior Director of Applied Ventures, founder and CEO of Boxer Cross (NASDAQ: AMAT), High Yield Technology (NYSE: PSX); prior mgmt positions at Knoll and HP.

Tom Kosnik, Ph.D.

Fenwick and West Consulting Professor, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Dept. of Mgmt Science and Engineering, Stanford University. Teaches Global Entrepreneurial Marketing; Technology Entrepreneurship; New Venture Creation.

Jean Kovacs

Partner, Hillsven Ventures; BOD Retail Zipline; prior interim CEO Somersault Orthopedics; founder & CEO Comergent, co-founder & EVP Qualix Group, executive at Sterling Commerce (AT&T), Sun Microsystems, Frame Technology and Compugraphic.

Kathy Levinson

Managing Director Golden Seeds; BOD at Dry Soda; prior President and COO of E*TRADE Financial, Sr. Executive Charles Schwab; formerly at Jewish Community Federation of SF, Albert Schultz Jewish Community Center and Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School.

Kira Makagon

EVP Innovation at Ring Central; prior co-founder & CEO Red Aril (acquired by Hearst Corp.), co-founder & CEO NebuAd, co-founder & EVP Octane (acquired by E.piphany) and VP Engineering at Scopus Technology (IPO).

Amy Millman

Co-founder, President and Board at Springboard Enterprises; current BOD at Enterprising Woman, Belle VC, NY Fashion Tech Lab Executive Committee, Canadian Technology Alliance; prior Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council.

Carol Mills

Board Chair of Xactly Corporation, board member Alaska Communications, Inc. and Ingram Micro, co-chair at Public Board Forum; prior Adobe, Blue Coat, Tecelek board member; former EVP of Juniper Networks, CEO of Acta Technology and GM at HP.

Jim Morris

Professor of Computer Science; prior Dean of CMU’s School of Computer Science, CMU Silicon Valley and director of the IT Center, team lead at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Founded CMU’s Human Computer Interaction Institute, Robot Hall of Fame and SV Campus.

Rebecca Norlander

Illuminate Ventures Venture Partner, Co-founder & CEO Health 123; prior Microsoft Executive – General Manager Online Ad Platform, Technical Assistant to the Chief Software Architect.

Judy O'Brien

Partner, King & Spalding; Member, Board of Directors Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN); prior EVP and General Counsel, Obopay Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Founder and MD, Incubic Venture Fund and Laurel Advisers.

Donna Petkanics

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Member, WSGR Board of Directors and co-chair of the Compensation, Hiring, and Nominating Committee; prior head of WSGR Operations and Board of Directors of the WSGR Foundation;

Ruthann Quidlenn

Board of Directors, Rovi Corporation; prior GP/Managing Director Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Managing Director, Alex Brown & Sons, Board of Directors Gemstar-TV Guide, and Georgetown University.

Tami Reller

Executive Vice President and the Chief Marketing Officer of Optum; prior EVP of Marketing, CMO and CFO for the Windows Division at Microsoft; prior CFO of Great Plains Software (acquired by Microsoft).

Janice Roberts

Partner, Benhamou Global Ventures; prior MD at Mayfield Fund; boards of ARM Holdings, RealNetworks, and Zebra Technologies, advisory board INSEAD; previous president 3Com Ventures, SVP 3Com and MD/President of BICC Data Networks.

Judy Robinett

Entrepreneur, consultant, author and investor; prior MD, Golden Seeds, CEO of Senta Technologies and Medical Discoveries, Inc.; previously at Magic Valley Medical Center, Universal Frozen Foods and Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.

Lucy Sanders

CEO and co-founder National Center for Women & IT and Executive-in-Residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder; prior executive positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs and Avaya Labs and BOD of Gold Systems, Solidware and Upsource.

Nancy Schoendorf

General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures since 1993; previously engineering management positions at HP, Software Publishing Corp and Sun Microsystems. Current Board seats include Shutterfly and several private companies.

Leyla Seka

General Manager and Senior Vice President, Salesforce; previously worked in product management and marketing organizations at Primavera Systems (acquired by Oracle), Evolve Software, Vivant and Eutron SPA.

Chris Shipley

Chairman and CEO of Guidewire Group, Inc.; prior Executive Producer, DEMO and prior executive editorial positions at Ziff-Davis and International Data Group.

Steve Strandberg

Founder of WestBridge Ventures and co-founder ARAMEX Co. Ltd (Jordan); previously technology investment banker with Morgan Stanley, DLJ and Merrill Lynch.

Polly Sumner

President Platform, Alliances, Services; prior President of Global Services Telcordia, President and CEO AlphaBlox and senior executive with Oracle.

Sharon Vosmek

CEO Astia, Advisory Board of the National Academy of Engineering, AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Committee, and Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst.

Telle Whitney

CEO The Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology; prior positions with Malleable Technologies and Actel, co-founder Grace Hopper Conference; BOD at Caltech’s Information Science and Technology and California Institute for Telecommunications and IT.