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University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), BS 1987
Computer Science

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Julie Hanna

Based in San Francisco, Julie Hanna is a repeat entrepreneur, board director, startup & venture advisor and angel investor.

In August 2009, Julie was appointed Chair of the Board at Kiva, crowdfunding pioneer and the world’s largest micro-lending marketplace. Kiva has delivered $350M loans to over 800,000 low-income entrepreneurs in 62 countries, was named named a Top 50 Website by TIME and has been called the “hottest non-profit on the planet” by FORTUNE.

She is an advisor to Idealab and a number of startups and social businesses in the US and Europe.

Having helped create products that have been adopted by tens of millions over the past two decades, Julie likes to work with products that have the potential to reach mass scale. Her focus areas include consumer internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, email and communications, e-commerce, e-tailing, social networking & gaming.

Previously, Julie launched and helped build five consumer internet and software companies. As an entrepreneur-in-residence at Mayfield, she founded and served as CEO of Scalix, developer of a commercial open source messaging platform and the industry’ss first AJAX rich mail & calendaring client. Scalix achieved global adoption, with two million accounts in 65 countries and garnered many industry awards, leading to it’s acquisition by Sebring. Stanford and Harvard Business Schools have published case studies on Scalix.

Before Scalix, Julie was founding VP of Products & Marketing at several startups:, ($850M acquisition by OpenWave Nasdaq; OPNWV) the fastest growing internet communications service in 1999; 2Bridge, where she coined the term ‘enterprise portal’ and successfully championed the creation of a new software category; and Portola, where she was instrumental to the acquisition by Netscape. Portola’s product went on to become Netscape Mail and subsequently the SunOne Mail platform. Prior, she was the first product manager at Healtheon where she brought to market market the industry’s first secure web-mail service at Healtheon, now WebMD (Nasdaq: WBMD).

Earlier in her career, Julie held senior product management and strategic marketing roles at Silicon Graphics, where she conceived WebForce Intranet, a new business and product line that helped catapult the company to the forefront of the internet revolution in 1995. And previously at IBM/Lotus where she played a prominent role in shaping the next generation product and marketing strategy for cc:Mail and Lotus Notes, authored the Lotus manifesto, “Groupware: Communication, Coordination & Collaboration”.

Julie is a regular speaker and commentator on technology and entrepreneurship. A two-time recipient of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs Trailblazer award, she has been profiled and widely quoted in business and trade press and has been a guest lecturer at Stanford, Wharton, Insead, Oxford and Cambridge Universities. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she was named Distinguished Alumni of the Year and was the graduation commencement speaker in 2008.

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