Julie Hanna is an entrepreneur, investor and advisor to companies and public institutions globally. She has been founder, CEO and founding executive of five successful Silicon Valley companies, giving her a deep understanding of b2b and b2c businesses from startup to scale-up.
She is an active advisor and investor in high-growth technology companies, including Lyft, Lending Club (NASDAQ: LC), Bonobos, Mightytext and Idealab, creator of over 125 companies with 40 IPO’s and acquisitions. Julie serves as Executive Chair of the Board at Kiva, the world’s first and largest crowdlending marketplace for global entrepreneurs, which has delivered $750M loans and reached 1.8 million borrowers across 86 countries.
Previously, she was founder and founding executive of Healtheon now WebMD (NASDAQ: WBMD), the world’s largest healthcare portal, onebox.com (now OpenWave NASDAQ: UPIP) the first mass scale consumer VoIP service; Portola Communications (acquired by Netscape), and leading b2b open source email company, Scalix.
In recognition of Julie’s groundbreaking work as an entrepreneurial leader and innovator, President Obama appointed her a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship in 2015. She is an internationally recognized speaker and regular guest lecturer at Stanford, Cambridge and Oxford Universities. She serves as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response.