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Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford: Masterclass

Date & Time:
14:00:00 - 17:00:00,
Monday 21 November, 2011


In this masterclass, Kim Polese and Julie Hanna, two highly influential entrepreneurs in the world of start ups, will share their thoughts about entrepreneurial strategies and insights into disruptive innovations from the worlds of systems, software and the Internet.

Find out more about the Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford initiative.

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  • Name: Kim Polese|Julie Hanna
  • Affiliation: ClearStreet Inc.|Kiva, Social Text, Idealab
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  • Bio: Kim Polese is a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur and innovator. She currently serves as Chairman of financial technology startup ClearStreet, Inc., which helps consumers eliminate debt by transforming rewards from everyday spending into collateral that can be used to accelerate debt repayment and access affordable credit. Prior to ClearStreet, Ms Polese served as CEO of software company SpikeSource Inc. which pioneered the automation of open source software management, accelerating application deployment for developers globally. SpikeSource was acquired by open source software leader Black Duck in November 2010. In 1996, Ms Polese co-founded Marimba Inc., which developed the first generation of systems management software for the Internet age, automating the management of data centers and computing resources. Ms Polese served as President, CEO and Chairman of Marimba, leading the company to profitability and a successful public offering and acquisition by BMC Corporation in 2004. Earlier, Ms Polese managed software at Sun Microsystems where she was the founding product manager for Java and led its launch in 1995. Before joining Sun, Ms Polese worked on expert systems at IntelliCorp Inc., helping Fortune 500 companies apply artificial intelligence to solving complex business challenges. Ms Polese earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley and studied Computer Science at the University of Washington, Seattle. She holds an Honorary Doctorate in Business and Economics from California State University, is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and serves on several boards, including TechNet, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation, the Long Now Foundation, the Public Policy Insitute of California and the Global Security Institute. Ms Polese is the recipient of the 2010 National Center for Women and Information Technology Innovator Award. The Obama Administration recently named Ms Polese to the Commerce Department’s Innovation Advisory Board which is guiding a study of American economic competitiveness to be delivered to Congress in January 2012.|Julie Hanna is an accomplished entrepreneur who’s driven by her belief in technology as a democratizing force for social, political and business disruption, and in entrepreneurship as the world’s greatest change agent. Julie’s natural aptitude for market timing combined with her hands-on experience pioneering industry-defining products that have been adopted by tens of millions of people informs her work as a board member, advisor and angel investor today. Julie is Chair of the Board at Kiva, a TIME Top 50 Website and the world’s largest micro-lending marketplace for poverty alleviation. She is also a board member at Socialtext, the leader in social enterprise SaaS, advisor to tech incubator Idealab and a number of startups and social impact businesses in the US and Europe. Julie has served in roles ranging from founding executive to founder and CEO, where she repeatedly helped build several successful consumer internet and business software companies. Among them,, (acquired by OpenWave Nasdaq; OPNWV) where she and her team brought to market the fastest growing dot com era internet communications service; Portola, where she was instrumental to the company’s acquisition by Netscape; Scalix (acquired by Sebring), a pioneer and global leader in open source email software and AJAX technology; and Healtheon, now WebMD (Nasdaq: WBMD), the leading source for trustworthy health and medical news and information.