VC  Illuminate Ventures

     Office Locations:

6114 La Salle Avenue, #323
Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: 510-531-6202
Fax: 267-202-9149



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Software & Internet



    Founded in 2009, Illuminate Ventures is a micro VC firm led by a team with significant operating and investment track records. Illuminate provides seed and early stage capital to talented entrepreneurs who leverage the innate capital efficiencies of cloud-based computing technologies. Illuminate is typically the first institutional investor in a startup-- frequently at a point where the initial product has been developed, but 'polishing' is still required prior to scaling. Investments include award-winning companies such as BrightEdge Technologies, CalmSea, Hoopla Software, Red Aril (acquired by Hearst Corporation), WildPockets (acquired by Autodesk) and Xactly Corporation.



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    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Cindy Padnos Founder & Managing Partner
    Cliff Higgerson Strategic Portfolio Advisor
    Jim Dai Venture Partner
    Rebecca Norlander Venture Partner


    Recent Funding Events (trailing 12 months):







      Bedrock Analytics





    Portfolio companies include:

      Bedrock Analytics
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      BrightEdge Technologies
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      Red Aril
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