Gwen is an active angel investor, executive leader, educator, research advocate, advisor and board member. She combines an extensive record of accomplishment of innovation with her ability to shape and scale business ventures.
She is the co-founder of the Silicon Valley chapter of Golden Seeds, the female-leader-focused angel investment organization with over 350 investor members. She is also Board Chair of the Angel Resource Institute and has hands-on involvement in the creation of ARI’s yearly HALO Report on angel investment trends, as well as creation and delivery of training programs for both entrepreneurs and angel investors worldwide. She is also a global advisor to the Astia Angel community.
Her career has a constant theme of innovation — from research at Stanford Research Institute, to introducing new products and services in corporate structures, with new product definition and development, sales and revenue growth assignments, then full profit and loss responsibility at Bell Canada, Bell Northern Research, Northern Telecom, and Pacific Bell / SBC / AT&T.
In the latter position, Cisco named her “Fastest Growing Reseller” of the year. Shortly thereafter, Gwen was recruited as CEO of Middlewire, a venture capital backed company, during the dot-com boom (and bust).
Gwen is a constant supporter of entrepreneurs in their efforts to define new products, deliver them to market, find beachhead customers, and deliver returns to their investors. Blending her experience as an entrepreneur and venture-backed CEO with her knowledge of investing, she offers unique perspectives of the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs, and how to tackle them.
Gwen currently manages a portfolio of over 25 angel investments, and serves on multiple boards. She also selectively consults on innovation with the F500, ecosystem leaders, and emerging growth companies, seeking new ways to structure investments and encourage growth.
Gwen often champions revenue-based financing structures, enabling greater certainty of exit for investors and greater equity for qualifying companies; she is passionate about advancing positive social impact, gender parity, and greater transparency in governance.