Robyn Ward is a 20-year veteran of the technology startup space. Via her coaching and consulting business, FounderForward, she helps founders with culture, team and leadership development, as well as fundraising strategy and strategic partnerships. Robyn also teaches Entrepreneurship at USC and is a champion of diversity and equality in the technology industry (and beyond).
Prior to FounderForward, Robyn launched and ran the strategic investment arm of United Talent Agency. In her role as Head of New Media Ventures, she identified investment and incubation opportunities and worked closely with portfolio founders to help accelerate their growth. Before UTA, Robyn was a business development and operations executive who served on the early leadership teams of five venture-backed startups, including Docstoc (acquired by Intuit).
Robyn is an advisor to a handful of startups and a mentor to several LA tech accelerators. She also recently served as a consultant on Apples’s new show Planet of the Apps. Robyn has been named a Top Woman in LA Tech by DigitalLA and a Top LA Tech Ambassador by TechWeek.
A mentor to numerous female founders, Robyn is passionate about changing the ratio of women-led venture-backed companies. She speaks often on the topic and is involved with a number of women’s organizations and events. She is an advisor to The Female Quotient/The Girls Lounge and Brava Investments and serves on the Board of Women Founders Network. In addition, she works with a variety of organizations aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship and STEM education.
Robyn began her career as an investment banker with Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. She holds a BS in Business, with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, from the University of Southern California, where she serves on the Advisory Council to the Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
When she’s not in start-up mode, she can be found traveling to far-flung places, staying fit, and sharing good wine with friends
WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY:
“Robyn is an entrepreneur’s best friend. Her experience working within start-ups, navigating Corporate America and Hollywood, as well as being an experienced investor, who is well respected and known within the community, makes her an asset to any organization. From fundraising to decision making to strategy to cheerleading, her inputs have shaped my company for the better. There’s no one like RW.”
-Rachel Tipograph, Founder and CEO, MikMak
“Robyn is an incredible super-connector. She’s as selfless as she is enthusiastic. I’ve loved my time getting to know Robyn over the years and have found her to be thoughtful, strategic, and experienced in a broad slate of domains. I look forward to working with her for years to come and can’t endorse her highly enough to others.”
-Brent Bushnell, Co-founder and CEO, TwoBit Circus
“Robyn lives and breathes startup life – you won’t find a better friend, advocate, and biz dev leader who can go out there and make deals & relationships happen. Robyn can walk into any city, any room, any company and get things done.”
-Paige Craig, Venture Capitalist, Arena VC
PRESS FEATURES + MENTIONS
Huffington Post, The One Thing Every Entrepreneur Needs…
Forbes.com, 5 Creative Habits for Success
Thrive Global, 30 Tips for Thriving
Broadcast & Cable, Top 10 TV/Tech Innovators, Innovation is Key for Spec-tech-ular 10
Institutional Investor, Finance and The Feminine Mystique
Huffington Post, Perfect Your Pitch
Huffington Post, Empowering Female Entrepreneurs