Kim Polese formerly the CEO of SpikeSource, Inc., a software company based in Silicon Valley. SpikeSource is backed by investors including venture firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Fidelity Ventures and Intel Capital, and has developed a unique automated testing technology for certifying and maintaining open source software. Prior to joining SpikeSource in August 2004, Ms. Polese co-founded Marimba, Inc., a leading provider of systems management solutions for Global 2000 companies. Ms. Polese served as Chairman and CEO of Marimba from its inception in 1996, leading the company through a successful public offering and to profitability, and ultimately, acquisition by BMC in 2004.
Prior to co-founding Marimba, Ms. Polese worked in software management at Sun Microsystems and was the original product manager for Java, leading its launch in 1995. Prior to joining Sun, Ms. Polese was with IntelliCorp Inc., assisting Fortune 500 companies in the development of expert systems. Ms. Polese earned a Bachelors degree in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley (1984) and studied Computer Science at the University of Washington, Seattle. Ms. Polese serves on several boards, including TechNet, the University of California President’s Board on Science and Technology, the Oxford University Said Business School Advisory Forum, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Global Security Institute.