Kim Polese

Kim Polese


Kim Polese is a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur and innovator. She is currently Chairman of ClearStreet, Inc., which helps consumers reduce debt and better manage their money by optimizing daily spending to achieve financial goals.

Prior to ClearStreet, Ms. Polese served as CEO of software company SpikeSource Inc. which pioneered the automation of open source software management, accelerating application deployment for developers globally. SpikeSource was acquired by open source software leader Black Duck in November 2010. Prior to SpikeSource, Ms. Polese co-founded Marimba Inc., which developed the first generation of systems-management software for the Internet age, automating the management of data centers and computing resources. Ms. Polese served as President, CEO and Chairman of Marimba, leading the company to profitability and a successful public offering and acquisition by BMC Corporation in 2004.

Earlier, Ms. Polese worked at Sun Microsystems where she was the founding product manager for Java and led its launch in 1995.  Prior to joining Sun, Ms. Polese worked on expert systems at IntelliCorp Inc., helping Fortune 500 companies apply Artificial Intelligence to solving complex business challenges. Ms. Polese earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley and studied Computer Science at the University of Washington, Seattle. She holds an Honorary Doctorate in Business and Economics from California State University. Ms. Polese is the recipient of the 2010 National Center for Women and Information Technology Innovator Award and was named to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Innovation Advisory Board that guided a study of US economic competitiveness culminating with a report delivered to Congress in January 2012.

Ms. Polese is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and serves on several boards including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, TechNet,  the University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation, UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, the Long Now Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California and the Global Security Institute.