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Cindy Padnos

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Leveraging over 25 years of high-tech industry experience, Cindy Padnos is the founder and Managing Partner of Illuminate Ventures.  Ms. Padnos focuses primarily in cloud computing sector with a particular emphasis on B2B SaaS applications and platforms, big data/real-time analytics, enterprise social, technology-enabled services and mobile communications investments. Cindy currently serves as a director of privately held portfolio companies BrightEdge, CalmSea, Hoopla and Xactly Corporation.

Ms. Padnos has been an active member of the venture capital community since 2002. Prior to founding Illuminate, she was a director of Outlook Ventures where she was one of three investment professionals responsible for committing the firm’s $140 million fund.  During her tenure, Ms. Padnos sourced more than half of the firm’s new investments including companies in the IT infrastructure, software/SaaS, consumer Internet and mobile application spaces and built a track record of performance.

Ms. Padnos has developed a unique and widely recognized set of skills in the Enterprise cloud computing space as a result of her prior experience as an operator and investor. As a serial entrepreneur, Ms. Padnos helped deliver successful outcomes for several venture-backed start-ups and has participated in raising more than $100 million in venture financing for early stage high-tech companies. She was founder and CEO of Vivant, (Acq. EVLV/ORCL) one of the earliest on-demand/SaaS companies, served as president & CEO for Acumen (Pvt. M&A) transitioning the company to web-based delivery and vice president of marketing at Scopus Technology where she positioned the company for its successful public offering (IPO).

Cindy has been named one of the Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley by The New York Times, was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology by Fast Company and one of the Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and was designated A Power Player in the Cloud by AlwaysOn. Learn more about Cindy.

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UC Davis Part-Time MBA Ranked in Nation’s Top 9%
Fourth Consecutive Year among U.S News & World Report's Premier Programs

(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Part-Time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked among the top 9% in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings.

At No. 29, this is the fourth consecutive year the UC Davis Part-Time MBA program is among the top AACSB International-accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed. This year, there were 323 part-time MBA programs surveyed.

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UC Davis Full-Time MBA Ranked among Nation’s Premier Programs for 20th Consecutive Year
MBA Programs among Top 10% in U.S.
Record Salary and Bonus

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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 20th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.

U.S. News’ latest ranking places the Full-Time MBA program at No. 48, placing it among the top 10% of the 464 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International’s accredited full-time MBA programs surveyed.

Key statistics from the School’s Full-Time MBA ranking include:

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UC Davis Graduate School of Management partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs to drive technologies from lab to market

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(Davis, Calif.) – With a joint goal of speeding the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have announced a new partnership for researchers to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

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Vickie Sherman MBA 13 Finds Her Passion, Her Career—and Herself

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Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.