News & Events


College Magazine: Top 10 School for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Change the World

Preqin: Women in Venture Capital Report

Preqin: Special Report Women in Alternative Assets

Inc. com: Why Middle America Can Be Better For Entrepreneurs than Silicon Valley

CarnegieMellon Today: Illuminating Presence These VCs Just Pulled out Their Checkbooks for 1 Hard-to-Fake Startup Signal

PEHub (subscription): More Firms Should Provide In-Firm Talent Programs to Foster Diversity

Illuminate Ventures Expands Team: New Venture Partner and Advisors Added

Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper Magazine: Nothing Ventured - Nothing Gained

MiBiz: Q&A with Cindy Padnos

NTTi3: What is Innovation? (video)

SaStr - The Twenty Minute VC Podcast: The Unwavering Power of Predictable Revenue - Interview with Cindy Padnos

NTTi3 Announces Innovation Advisory Board: Cindy Padnos Joins NTTi3 as Advisor

She Started it Documentary: Watch the film trailer and see the film at Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct 6-8)

KMTV Game Changers Silicon Valley Interview Series:  Why More VC Money is going into Fewer Deals

SuperInvestor US Video Interview with Cindy Padnos and Eric Benhamou:  What are the hallmarks of the next tech unicorn? 

VatorTV: VC Judges from Vator Splash 2016

VC Journal: VCs Disappointed, not surprised, by fewer female-led startups attracting funding (subscription required)

New York Times: Female-Run Venture Capital Funds Alter the Status Quo

Inc.: “What Entrepreneurs Really Want From VCs”

VatorTV: The Rise of Corporate VCs - What that Means for the Industry

The Atlantic: Even Silicon Valley Unplugs Sometimes

Inc.: Top VCs Share the Secrets of Getting Funded

PRWebSilicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index Falls Sharply in Q3

BusinessWire: Xactly Corporation Files Registration Statement for Proposed IPO

VatorTV: Interview with Cindy Padnos, Managing Partner at Illuminate Ventures

HotTopics: The 100 Most Influential Women in Tech

Inc.: Problems You Wish You Had: “Too Rich To Succeed”

Wired: Woman-led VC Firms Are On the Rise – And Raising Lots of Cash

3BL: Women-Led VC Funds Look for Investment Profits

The Atlantic: The View From the Valley  – Silicon Valley Insiders Poll (panel of 50 executives, innovators, and thinkers) 

Dow Jones VentureWire: Illuminate Adds Senior Associate, Contemplates New Fund Next Year

Reuters PE HUB: Illuminate boosts staff, adds advisors

AltAssets: Illuminate Ventures staffs up, adds and Visa advisors

AlwaysOn: Cindy Padnos Named AlwaysOn Power Player in OnDemand Computing for the 3rd consecutive year

School for Startups Radio: Interview with Enterprise Cloud Investing VC Cindy Padnos  (starts at 28:35)

Forbes: 11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year for Women Entrepreneurs


VC Taskforce, Panelist: Women's Fundraising Roundtable, February 15th, Palo Alto, CA

SuperReturn, Panelist: Venture Capital Trends, February 12th, San Francisco, CA

Tepper Fireside Chat, Speaker: Tech and Entrepreneurship Trends, January 10th, Palo Alto, CA

Ladies Who Launch, Moderator: Finance Hustle Panel, November 16th, San Francisco, CA

VC Taskforce, Panelist: Finding Your First Investor, November 14th, Menlo Park, CA

Tiger 21, Speaker: The Evolution of Venture Capital Investing, November 14th

Astia Angels Colloquium, Panelist: Entrepreneur & Investor in Conversation, October 17th, San Francisco, CA

Vanderbilt Darden School of Business, Guest Lecturer: Venture Capital Class, September 25

1M/1M Roundtable, Panelist: Web Seminar, September 21

Edmonds E-Talk, Keynote: Trends in Early Stage Startup Fundraising, September 13, Cleveland, OH

CWRU Weatherhead School of Business, Guest Lecturer: Entrepreneurship Class, September 13

NVCA, Panelist: Successful Fundraiser's Philosophy, June 9, Webinar

RAISE Conference, Moderator: Breakout Sessions, May 10 San Francisco, CA

UC Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association, Panelist: Bear Trap Event, April 25 Berkeley, CA

SuperReturn US West, Panelist: Discovering New Investment Opportunities, February 6-8 San Francisco, CA

2017 Board Leadership Forum/National Assoc. of Corporate Directors (NACD), Panelist: Innovation and Strategy as Part of a Board's DNA, February 2, San Francisco, CA

Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business, Speaker: Koeze Business Ehtics Initiative, November 10, Grand Rapids, MI

VC Taskforce, Panelist: Find the Right Kind of Investor, November 3, Menlo Park, CA

BuyOut Insider, Panelist: Venture Alpha West, September 27-28, San Francisco, CA

Silicon Valley VP Sales Forum, Panelist: Working Effectively with Board Members, September 12, Palo Alto, CA

Carnegie Mellon University  Alumni, Panelist: Industry Insights Series, August 9th, San Francisco, CA

Vator, SplashX, Speaker: July 28, Oakland, CA (use discount code: "C-Pad20")

PartnerConnect, Speaker: Emerging Manager Connect, July 19, New York, NY

Inside Start-Up Fundraising, Speaker: May 24, Menlo Park, CA

Women Initiative Foundation, Speaker: Breaking Through, May 10, San Francisco, CA

Vator Spring Splash, Judge: Startup Pitch Contest, May 12, Oakland, CA (use discount code "illuminate25" to register)

RAISE, Panelist: Starting a New VC Firm From Scratch, March 24, The Presidio, CA

Oregon Angel Summit, Speaker: Outlook for 2016, April 21, 2016 Portland, OR

Women’s Private Equity Summit, Panelist: Current Venture Capital Funding Environment March 9-11, 2016 Half Moon Bay, CA

Venture Summit West, Speaker: Negotiating the Term Sheet, March 1-2, 2016 Mountain View, CA

Stanford GSB, Speaker: Women and Venture Capital, February 9, 2016 Stamford, CA

SuperInvestor US, Panelist: Unicorn Investing, February 2, 2016 San Francisco, CA

UC Berkeley Venture Capital Executive Program, Panelist: Infrastructure, ICT, Internet and the Cloud December 1, 2015 Berkeley, CA

Stanford Influencer Series, Moderator:, November 6, 2015 Mountain View, CA

SAP Statup Forum, Panelist/Judge, September 16th, Dublin, CA

Dreamforce Startup Summit, Panelist: Meet the Power Brokers – From Term Sheet to IPO September 15, 2015 San Francisco, CA

ITU Gate Demo Day, Panelist:, August 27th, San Francisco, CA

Silicon Valley Open Doors, Panelist:, June 10-11, 2015 Mountain View, CA

Allocadia CMO Summit, Co-host: Accessing Board Opportunities, June 9th, 2015 San Francisco, CA

Women’s Private Equity Summit, Panelist: Current State and Ongoing Evolution in Venture Capital  Investing March 11-13, 2015 Half Moon Bay, CA

Archived News

New York Times: Influential Women in Silicon Valley

Stanford Technology Ventures – Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series, Cindy Padnos Interview: An Enterprising Approach to Investment (over 9,000 view/podcast downloads)

VentureBeat: The top 5 trends cloud-focused VCs are most excited about

San Jose Business Journal: To Pitch or Not to Pitch – Startup founders weigh VC funds vs. bootstrapping

UC Davis Graduate School of Management: Women Who Count – Cindy Padnos on Impact Through Investing 5 Best-Kept Secrets about Enterprise Software

Women 2.0: Yes, There Is Such a Thing as Raising Too Much Capital

PE HUB: Facebook-Blind – VCs Missed Opportunities in B2B Cloud Investments

Silicon Valley Business Journal: Why Hiring More Women Can Make you Money

Venture Beat: Forget Facebook! Meet 12 investors on the hunt for the next Microsoft The Enterprise Cloud’s Silver Lining

Peninsula Press: Back to Basics – VC’s remind today’s generation of entrepreneurs what it takes to succeed

Inc.: Insider’s Guide to Silicon Valley Investors

Fortune: Fast Forwarding Women in Tech

Gust: Investor Videos –Cindy Padnos Interview – Recommendations for Start-up Entrepreneurs

The Network: The Cloud and the Changing Role of the Investor

Forbes: Run 100% of a Business in the Cloud?

CloudTweaks: On the Verge: 100% Cloud Fueled Ventures

San Francisco Magazine: The Smart Money

Washington Post: Five myths about entrepreneurs

New York Times: Women and Technology and Myth

Announcement of Illuminate Ventures I Final Close  (link to our own release here):

     – VentureBeat: Women-led VC firm Illuminate raises $20M fund

     – Dow Jones VentureWire: Illuminate Ventures Closes $20M Micro VC Fund

     – Strictly VC: In VC, Going it Alone, with Plenty of Company

     – VatorNews: Illuminate Ventures raises $20M for new fund

     – Women 2.0: Female-led micro VC firm Illuminate Ventures announces $20M fund

Reuters: The Great Debate – Why aren’t there more foreign female entrepreneurs?

WITI Summit 2011: Entrepreneur – Lessons in Creating a Startup – YouTube

Inc.: The Case Against the All-Male Start-up

The Ideas Project: Cindy Padnos Video-Investors Can Benefit By Backing Women Entrepreneurs

San Francisco Business Times: Most Influential Women in the Bay Area Business Named

Vator News Innovation Series: Today’s Entrepreneur

MediaPost: Do We Need More Women in Technology?

Insider: The Age of the Female -Centric Start-up

Huffington Post: Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise

Business Standard: Enterprise knows no gender

Forbes: High-Performance Women in High Tech

The Ideas Project: The Women Of Technology: Making It To The Top

Financial Times: Geeky world of IT loses its appeal as a career choice

WOMEN 2.0: 5 Female Angels and Investors to Watch

VatorNews Today’s Entrepreneur: Cindy Padnos Profile

The Wall Street Journal: Making Strides at Start-Ups Meet Tomorrow’s High-Performance Companies

Venture Beat: FailCon: How to fail gracefully with a startup

Mashable/Business: Why We Need to Reframe the “Women in Tech” Debate

PEHub: A VC Firm By Women, For Women — And Men Too (requires subscription)

The Wall Street Journal: Daily VC Dispatch Cindy Padnos, Illuminate Ventures, on Venture Chemistry (video interview)

New York Times: Female Entrepreneurs on the Rise

San Jose Mercury News: Cassidy: A wave of women entrepreneurs may be coming

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: The New Entrepreneur – Why Venture Capital Firms Need More Women Partners

Palo Alto Weekly: What Ceiling? How To Write A Winning Business Plan

YouTube: KNVT The Silicon Valley Entrepreneur – The Impact of Women in Start-ups

New York Times: Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley

Fast Company: The Most Influential Women in Technology

Forbes: We Need More Female Venture Capitalists

Fortune: How to build a startup: her best advice

Reuters Venture Capital Journal (VCJ): Women in VC (Requires subscription)

Fast Company: Startups: An “Alpha Male Pissing-Contest?”

New York Entrepreneur Week: Why Men Get VC Money and Women Don’t ….and How that is Changing

New York Times: The Art of Running a Small Business

BusinessWeek Online: Addressing the Dearth of Female Entrepreneurs  See page 2

TechCrunch: Silicon Valley You’ve got a Gender Problem

NBC Bay Area Editorial: Bay Area Boys Club

TechCrunch: A Fix for Discrimination – Follow the Indian Trail

Prior Events

The Wall Street Journal Women in the Economy, Co-chair: Entrepreneurship Task Force

Harvard Business School Alumni Angel Association, Webinar Panelist: SaaS Investing Overview with partners from Emergence Capital, Pivot North, Costanoa and Illuminate Ventures 

University of Michigan College of Engineering, Keynote Speaker: Commencement Address

DataWeek, Panelist: Ask an Investor – Emerging Markets in Big Data

SuperInvestor US 2015, Panelist: Next Generation Venture Capital 

Women 2.0 Founder Meet-up, Speaker: Building your startup

PITME Labs, Mentor: Startup Demo Day

Forté Forum, Moderator: MBA Alumnae Panel

The App Retreat, The App Economy

B2B Startup Weekend, Judge: 54 hour startup competition

TiECon, Panelist: How to get seed funding for your startup? 

IBM SmartCamp, Judge: Global Startup Competition Finals

Girls Rising, Panelist and Pitch Judge

Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business, Panelist: The Keys to Creating Innovative Products

Alchemist Accelerator, Judge and mentor

Department of Homeland Security IT Security Entrepreneurs’ Forum (ITSEF), Panelist: Results that Matter – Women IT Entrepreneurs

Pipeline Fellowship, Panelist: Structuring the Deal

Carnegie Mellon University – Silicon Valley,  Keynote: Commencement Address

G8 Tech Conference and DNA Summit, Panelist: Innovation Lab in the Sky

Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, Panelist: Why Investing in Women Founders and Entrepreneurs Makes Business Sense

85 Broads 2020 Vision, Guest Speaker: Opportunistic Investing for the Next Decade

The National Academies Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, Panelist: Early-stage Capital in the United States

Astia Entrepreneur Program in Silicon Valley, Panelist: Own Your Financials

Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business, Featured Speaker: James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series 

Vator Splash, Judge: Early-stage Pitch Competition

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, US Department of State Delegate: Women and the Economy Summit

Intuit Apps Showcase, Panelist and Competition Judge: Applications for SMBs



 Also see our videos on YouTube on the Illuminate VC channel