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Kim Polese is a technology entrepreneur and business leader. She is currently Chairman of CrowdSmart, Inc., a data-driven investment platform that uses predictive AI technology to radically improve success rates for startups and investors while increasing access to capital and connections for diverse founder teams. Kim has a successful track record as a founder and CEO. At Sun Microsystems she led the launch of Java in 1995. She then co-founded Internet software pioneer Marimba, serving as Chairman and CEO and leading the company to profitability, an IPO and a successful acquisition by BMC. Kim advises numerous technology startups and serves on several boards, including TechNet, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Public Policy Institute of California, the University of California President's Board on Science and Innovation and the Long Now Foundation, and she served on the Obama Administration's Innovation Advisory Board. Kim received her Bachelor's degree in Biophysics from UC Berkeley, studied computer science at the University of Washington, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business and Economics from California State University. An Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, she 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”. She is a 2001 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.