BlackLine Systems CEO Invited to Speak at Silicon Beach Fest 2014
Financial software company founder Therese Tucker to discuss ‘Fundraising from the Female Perspective’ following 2013 strategic investment from Silver Lake Sumeru
LOS ANGELES – June 19, 2014 – BlackLine Systems CEO and Founder Therese Tucker has been invited to speak at Silicon Beach Fest 2014 this week in Los Angeles (LA). Ms. Tucker will participate on a panel entitled “Fundraising from the Female Perspective.”
In 2013, BlackLine partnered with Silver Lake Sumeru, the mid-market arm of leading technology-focused global private equity firm Silver Lake, to do a recapitalization of the company and drive its next phase of growth. Ms. Tucker will draw on her experience from the Silver Lake deal, as well as from her overall experience in building BlackLine from the ground up into the leading provider of enterprise-class Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based financial close applications.
Hosted by local networking group Digital LA, Silicon Beach Fest is a 4-day festival designed to celebrate the success of technology and digital entertainment companies in the greater Los Angeles region. Additional speakers include executives from other leading LA-based companies and investment firms such as Belkin, Demand Media, Electronic Arts and Rustic Canyon Partners.
A recognized leader and inspiration for other entrepreneurs and young women looking to excel in business, Ms. Tucker has spoken several times at Harvard Business School’s Dynamic Women in Business Conference, the Columbia University Women’s Leadership Conference, McGraw-Hill Financial Women’s Initiative for Networking and Success (WINS) Leadership Conference, as well as to accounting and business students at New York University (NYU).
Ms. Tucker’s passion, persistence and effort have paid off with BlackLine ranking No. 15 on the 2012 list of the ‘50 Fastest’ Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America, as reported in The Wall St. Journal. The Silicon Beach Fest speaking appearance comes on the heels of Ms. Tucker being recognized as a ‘Top Woman of Influence in LA’ and taking the No. 1 spot in the highly competitive Technology category. She also was honored last year with a ‘2013 Enterprising Women of the Year Award’ from Enterprising Women magazine.
In addition, BlackLine has made the Software 500 list of the world’s “largest and best performing” software companies for the past three years and the prestigious Inc. 500/5000 for the past six years in a row, joining the ranks of such companies as Jamba Juice, Microsoft and Patagonia.
The 2014 Silicon Beach Fest will be held at Cross Campus in Santa Monica, Calif. from Wednesday to Saturday, June 18 to 21.