Hello I’m Mona Sabet, Here is My Story

I am an engineer turned lawyer turned entrepreneur turned tech executive. I don’t believe in standing still. I’ve worked in the software and systems sector for decades, leading people ranging from startup development teams to corporate development and partnership teams.

I see a potential tribe in every team.

You might believe you have one path to success. I believe you have many. I find the opportunities you didn’t know you had. I move you and your organization from a group to a team to a tribe.

I love doing game-changing deals.

I’ve bought small companies for large ones and sold small companies to large ones. I’ve negotiated licensing deals, tech transfer deals, joint venture deals – hundreds of deals. I even negotiated the acquisition of a non-profit that I founded! The right transaction brings together two separate products / teams / businesses and, through the process of cross-pollination (not just integration), allows the discovery of something more than the sum of its parts – it allows for game-changing growth!

I believe in doing more with what you’ve already got.

My first executive team role was right before the financial crisis of 2008. We had to dramatically cut our spend and my budget was cut by 80%! My first reaction was one that I now see all around me. “I can’t do my job without these resources.” A few days later, something competitive in me kicked in. My mindset changed from “give me more” to “bring it on!”. I became scrappier. So did my team. And an unexpected and delightful outcome of this challenge, this adversity, was that we became more tightly bonded, more proud of our accomplishments, and somehow, more effective. We changed the game. And it was way more fun!

I’m passionate about equity and diversity.

I’ve been driven to bring more diversity to the workplace since I graduated from engineering. I’ve grown four women’s communities and served on advisory boards of multiple nonprofits focused on women in business and women in technology.

Connections

Current and Prior Advisory Board Engagements

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Professional Roles

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Chief Corporate Strategy Officer

UserTesting is an on-demand human insight platform that quickly gives companies a first-person understanding of how their target audience behaves throughout any experience and why.

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Tribal Ventures
Managing Director

A Silicon Valley advisory firm that helps tech companies develop and implement their business with a view to maximizing exit opportunities.

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Co-Founder, Viblio

Pioneered automated tagging of user generated videos using machine learning and computer vision.

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Corporate Vice President, Business and Corporate Development

Provides tools, software, and IP to help you build great products that connect the world.

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Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Coverity led the market in the automation of the identification of software vulnerabilities.

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Limited Partner

Operator Collective channels the collective experience of the world’s most respected operators to advance the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.

Community Involvement

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Women in Data Science: Steering Committee Member

The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field.

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HiPower: Founder

HiPower is a tribe of women leaders laser-focused on accelerating one another’s success.

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Berkeley SkyDeck: Advisor

Berkeley SkyDeck is a startup accelerator and incubator program at the University of California, Berkeley.

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GM, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, 2015-2016

AnitaB envisions a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies they build it for.

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ChIPs Network: Co-Founder and Audit Chair until 2018

The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field.

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Co-Founder and Director until 2013

In 2004, I linked up with Wendy Lim to launch a professional women’s network that is now called Leading Women in Technology. Today, LWT serves hundreds of professional women in the Bay Area of California through unique and inspiring programs that help them accelerate the development of critical skills essential to professional success.

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