Monique Woodard

Monique Woodard

Venture Partner 500 Startups

I’m Founder & Executive Director of Black Founders. We are dedicated to increasing the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech and have expanded nationally with programs in NYC, Atlanta, San Francisco, and several HBCU campuses.

Consumer Tech & eCommerce: I’ve worked in consumer tech for more than 10 years and it’s probably my absolute favorite area to work in. I like contributing to both product and marketing/growth and I’ve helped companies execute marketing strategy, define new products, and align product positioning and messaging on web, mobile, and social. I’ve done stints in e-commerce, video-on-demand, & affiliate marketing.

Civic Innovation: I was one of San Francisco’s first Innovation Fellows and spent a year in the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation where I worked on projects around open data, community wi-fi, and civic engagement. During my fellowship, I wrote the resolution on broadband and unlicensed spectrum which was adopted at the US Conference of Mayors and contributed to early strategy around community internet access and the availability of broadband in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

I currently work with cities and government agencies to develop technology products that impact workforce and their engagement with startups and entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship: I created Speak Chic – the mobile app that teaches you how to correctly pronounce fashion brands. Speak Chic has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar UK, Cosmopolitan, and InStyle.

Media & Public Speaking: I speak on topics around diversity, consumer technology, and civic tech. I’ve spoken at SXSW, Dreamforce, Women 2.0, and been a mentor or judge for several hackathons. I’ve been interviewed around entrepreneurship and diversity for MSNBC, The Daily Beast, New York Times, Buzzfeed, NPR, TheRoot, and Essence Magazine.

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