Cindy Padnos on seed investing and viewing opportunity through a different lens

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A self-described entrepreneur at heart, Cindy Padnos, founder and managing partner of Illuminate Ventures, shares her insights on founding a venture capital firm, the challenges she had to overcome and her unique investment strategies. Cindy explains how Illuminate is “fishing from a different pond of entrepreneurs than most” and how she views attributes that others see as a negative as fabulous opportunities. From “warehousing” to advisory councils, Cindy discusses a variety of ways that Illuminate has become a successful seed fund investor – both financially and through the lens of diversity.

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