Kim Polese

Entrepreneur & Tech Executive

Kim Polese is the CEO of SpikeSource, Inc., a software company based in Silicon Valley. The company is backed by venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and has developed an advanced automated testing technology for certifying interoperability of open source software, creating a continual “UL” -style certification for Global 2000 companies that depend on open source software applications to run their core business operations. The automation enables the delivery of low-cost, high-quality software to a mass market, resulting in more affordable and dependable software applications for business of all sizes worldwide.

Prior to joining SpikeSource in August 2004, Kim co-founded Marimba, Inc., a leading provider of systems management solutions, in 1996. Marimba was acquired by BMC Software in June 2004. Kim served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of Marimba, leading the company through a successful public offering and to profitability in 2000.

Before co-founding Marimba, Kim worked in software management at Sun Microsystems and was the original product manager for Java, leading its launch in 1995. Prior to joining Sun, Kim was with IntelliCorp Inc., consulting with Fortune 500 companies in the development of expert systems.

Kim earned a Bachelors degree in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley and studied Computer Science at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Kim serves on several boards, including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation, UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, and the Global Security Institute.