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Meet the Women of Entrepreneurship

Tech Coast Venture Network

Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Meet the Women of Entrepreneurship

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Meet the Women of Entrepreneurship

At TCVN's Oct 25th Forum

Women entrepreneurs have pulled in almost $775 million in funding so far this year, with a good portion of that over the summer.

This has already been an important year with a mother-to-be appointed to lead a major company like Yahoo and women put on corporate boards in record numbers, but it’s the women entrepreneurs who are changing the world as we speak.

Even with incredible strides, a 2009 study by Dow Jones VentureSource found only 11% of companies that received venture funding had a woman CEO or founder. In fact, recent research by Cindy Padnos, managing director at Illuminate Ventures, shows that high-tech companies built by women are more capital-efficient than average, venture-backed companies led by women have 12% higher annual revenues and women-run high-tech startups fail less often than those run by men.

TCVN is proud to bring together four extraordinary women who have succeeded at all levels. They have ignored the data and built companies from concept to hyper-growth to exit. Join us for this enlightening event.


Carrie Norton: Carrie Norton is Founder and CEO of Green Business BASE CAMP, a global entrepreneurial education company serving early stage green business and cleantech entrepreneurs. Carrie's broad expertise in sustainable business and entrepreneurship has evolved as strategic career
choices allowed her to appreciate a range of perspectives, starting with her positions at the World
Business Council for Sustainable Development, Garage Technology Ventures and Idealab. Most
recently, Carrie served early adopting clients such as Google, Sony and British Telecom as a
senior executive responsible for Market and Product Development in the commercial solar power

Carrie is a Catto Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Class of 2010. She co-founded the Sustainable
Business Council of Los Angeles and her community leadership has included work with Grid
Alternatives, the Clean Economy Network and Net Impact. She has served as adjunct faculty
member at the Graziadio School of Management at Pepperdine University. She earned her MBA
from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from Trinity University. Carrie
speaks frequently on topics related to innovation & entrepreneurship, cleantech and triple bottom
line investing.

Kimberly Porrazzo: Kimberly Porrazzo is president and editorial director for Newport Beach-based Churm Media Custom Content, a division of Churm Media, which publishes OC METRO magazine. She also blogs about women business owners.

Porrazzo joined Churm Media in 1998 as a columnist and part-time staff writer. In 2006, she was named editor of OC METRO magazine. Two years later she was promoted to chief content officer and earlier this year was named president of Churm Media’s new custom content division. The award-winning journalist and Cal State Long Beach graduate also served as president of the OC Press Club. The Santa Ana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration honored her for her reporting on small business, and the OC Press Club awarded Porrazzo first place for “Best Business Column.”

Porrazzo is a five-time contributor to the best-selling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.

Nichole Goodyear: Nichole is an award winning serial entrepreneur who was recently named to Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology for 2011. She has helped build many emerging
technology start-up companies ranging from educational technology, point of sale, multimedia
tools, internet technology, financial services, social media and viral social media platforms.
Nichole works with companies both small and large to help build and bring to market innovative
emerging technologies.

Nichole is a well regarded thought leader in the social media space having worked with many
Fortune 1000 brands to bring social media strategies to life.


Kimberly Kovacs: Ms. Kimberly Kovacs is the co-founder and CEO of OptionEase, the leading network connector for complex equity compliance applications delivered on-demand via software-as-a-service (SaaS). OptionEase has more than 700 clients ranging from emerging venture-backed private entities to Fortune 100 organizations with over 100,000 equity plan participants.

Ms. Kovacs has a distinguished career in executive leadership and finance. She was on the
board of Alpha Project in the 1990′s, securing over $50M in funding from HUD to preserve
low income housing. At ORXYE Energy, as CFO and board member, she testified in Congress
in concert with the EPA on clean energy regulations, assisted in bringing major oil companies
into regulatory discussions and resolution that ultimately resulted in Ms. Hillary Clinton’s involvement and final adoption of the Clean Energy standards in the U.S. In addition to her board seat for the National Coalition of Stock Planning Professionals (ACSPA) where she serves as Treasurer, Ms. Kovacs is currently on the board of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), in addition to being active in industry organizations such as FEI, FENG, and others. Ms. Kovacs is an active member of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO) and the Association of Women in Technology (AWT).



Kirsten Mangers: An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kirsten was an early innovator behind the localization of online advertising for small-to-medium sized businesses, in what is now a $13 billion industry.

The company she founded, WebVisible, became the leading international name in local online advertising, utilizing a software-as-services platform to help local businesses acquire new customers across a vast network of media options. Kirsten helped expand the company with diverse partnerships across 14 countries, raising over $30 million in venture backing with tier one Silicon Valley investors and growing the company from 8 employees to over 350. WebVisible’s domestic and international reseller partnerships included AT&T, British Telecom, Intuit, European Directories, Microsoft, and The New York Times Company, among others.

Ms. Mangers exited WebVisible to create Companies with Causes, an incubator & consulting practice for organizations and companies making a difference in our new economy. She is also the Founder of Phroomy.com, a social shopping community for young adults. She aspires to teach kids the power of charitable acts while "shopping & sharing" their philosophies.

Additionally, Kirsten is a Board Director for Chapman University’s Leatherby School for Ethics & Entrepreneurship, Chairman of the Board for the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County, Board Director for Tech Coast Venture Network, serves on the Executive Committee of TiE South Coast and is a Director on several private company Boards. She has been frequently recognized by the media as among a prestigious list of “women innovating technology”. She was recognized by OC Metro Magazine as “20 Women to Watch,” she won the “Outstanding Woman in Technology” award from TechAmerica in 2009, and was a 2010 finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Her companies have been recognized by Deloitte’s Tech Evolution Award, one of Inc.’s 500 fastest growing companies, the Red Herring Top 100 Companies in North America and the Internet Product of the Year by TechAmerica. In 2011, she received the Pearl Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the US Global Entrepreneur’s Association and this year, she was named an Entrepreneur of the Year by the British American Business Council.

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$25 for non-TCVN Members
$35 at the door/day of event

TCVN Members email techcoastventurenetwork@gmail.com for your FREE ticket!


6:00 - 6:30 pm. Registration / Networking
6:30 - 6:40 pm. Call to Order, Important Business
6:40 - 7:00 pm. 30 Second Pitches
7:00 - 7:30 pm. Second Networking Break
7:30 - 8:30 pm. Evening’s Program
8:30 - 9:00 pm. Concluding Remarks; Adjourn; More Networking

Thank You Sponsors!

knobbe Hall&Co

Haynes and Boone Jackson DeMarco

CEO Advisor TriNet

Have questions about Meet the Women of Entrepreneurship? Contact Tech Coast Venture Network

When & Where

2040 Main Street - 2nd Floor
Irvine, 92614

Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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