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"MY PASSION PROJECT" --- donna wells

I founded Valencia Ventures as an exclamation point to a 25 year career in Financial Services, FinTech, E-commerce and Software. Over that time, I had the privilege to lead phenomenal teams at both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups and contribute to the digital transformation of three industries.  Valencia Ventures is the umbrella company for my continuing work in Digital Innovation and Corporate Governance, Marketing Excellence, and my support for entrepreneurs, women and minorities in Tech.    


I currently serve as an Independent Director on the Boards of Mitek Systems (Nasdaq: MITK), Apex Technology (Nasdaq: APXT), Betterment and HappyMoney and on the CrowdStreet Advisory Board.  I served on the Board of Boston Private Bank (Nasdaq: BPFH) from 2014 to 2018. I advise and invest in Silicon Valley founders through my role as a Tech Partner at Rally Ventures.  My last operating role, from 2010 to 2017,  was as President, CEO and Board Director at Mindflash Technologies, Inc., a private Palo Alto company providing a market-leading cloud-based platform for employee and customer training. I'm proud to say that Mindflash was named a Top 50 Small Workplace in the US by Fortune magazine in 2016. Mindflash was acquired by Turn River Capital.  


Prior to Mindflash, I held senior leadership positions at Mint.com, American Express, Charles Schwab, Intuit, myCFO and Expedia. I was honored to be one of 10 people nominated as Business Role Model of the Year by Information Age and Women in IT in 2018.    


I'm extremely optimistic about the convergence of cloud, mobile and machine learning. With thoughtful and responsible stewardship, the combination of these technologies can and will increase the standard and quality of living for all.  Which is why I'm very excited by the incredible, current opportunities to collaborate and contribute Leadership for What Comes Next.    


It’s going to get amazing. I can't wait.  

--- Donna Wells