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Kim Polese

Kim Polese

Chairman, ClearStreet

Inducted in 2014

Kim Polese is the Chairman of ClearStreet, a financial wellness company that helps people achieve longterm financial health. A longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur and innovator, Ms. Polese began her career at IntelliCorp Inc., helping Fortune 500 companies in the development of expert systems. She subsequently joined Sun Microsystems, and as its founding product manager, led the launch of Java in 1995. She then co-founded Marimba, Inc., which helped to usher in a new era of systems management software for the Internet age. Ms. Polese served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of Marimba, leading the company to profitability and a successful public offering prior to its acquisition by BMC Corporation in 2004. She also served as CEO of software company SpikeSource, Inc., which pioneered automated software component management, to simplify and accelerate the use of open source software for business applications.

Ms. Polese serves on several boards, including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, TechNet, the Public Policy Institute of California, the University of California President's Board on Science and Innovation, and the Long Now Foundation. In 2011 she was named to President Obama's Innovation Advisory Board. Ms. Polese received a Bachelor's degree in Biophysics from UC Berkeley and an Honorary Doctorate in Business and Economics from California State University. An Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, Ms. Polese is the recipient of the numerous awards and recognition including Information Week's "Top Technology Executives," The National Center for Women and Information Technology Innovator Award and Time Magazine's "25 Most Influential Americans".