Cindy Padnos, Founder Illuminate Ventures - From Successful Tech Start-up Founder to Successful VC Founder
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Cindy Padnos has not only done it twice, she's in a great position to advise those who only need to do it once. 


Cindy is unique in that she founded her own tech company that was purchased by Oracle. She then found her second company, one that funds entrepreneurs.  


Her advice? Focus on the things that matter - then go off and build a great business! 


Cindy believes she has founder genes in her DNA - always thought like a founder. She launched her first company Vivant because, as she put it, she had no more excuses. 


When describing starting a company: It was back breaking, gut wrenching work - and the most fun she’d ever had! 


What does she look for in a founder? Someone scrappy, resilient, who demonstrates the ability to attract talent and knows how to celebrate wins. 


If you take away fear and uncertainty and focus on building a solid business you’ll be the better for it. Focus on getting a few things right then when the uncertainty is lifted you’ll be in a much better position.

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