Gwen C. Edwards
Gwen C. Edwards combines an extensive track record of innovation with her ability to scale initiatives. Her career has a constant theme of new products and services creation, first at Stanford Research Institute, then in corporate structures, with sales and revenue growth assignments, then full profit and loss responsibility at Bell Canada, Bell Northern Research, Northern Telecom, Pacific Bell/SBC/AT&T, and then as CEO of a Silicon Valley venture backed company, Middlewire. She is now an angel investor, coach, educator, researcher, board member and advisor.
Gwen is co-founder of the Silicon Valley chapter of Golden Seeds, the female leader focused angel network, where she focuses most of her angel investing. She also serves as Board Chair of the Angel Resource Institute, through which she delivers educational programs and leads research in the field. She is also a global advisor to the Astia Angel community. She seeks opportunities to work with ecosystem leaders around the world, from Scotland to Vietnam, and along the way seeks new ways to structure investments and encourage growth. She is a constant supporter of entrepreneurs in their efforts to deliver new products to market, find beachhead customers, and deliver returns to their investors. She blends her experience as an entrepreneur and venture backed CEO with her knowledge of investing to offer unique perspectives of the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs, and how to tackle them. Gwen manages a portfolio of over 24 active angel investments.
While engaged in all of her leadership roles, she is passionate about advancing positive social impact, gender parity, and greater transparency in governance. She also seeks ways to structure investments with greater certainty of exit when companies have sufficient revenue growth and traction to warrant these new revenue based structures. She has designed and implemented a Revenue Based Equity Term Sheet, as a new pathway to funding. She holds BA, MA and MBA degrees.