BlackLine Founder and CEO Invited to Speak at 2015 TechFire Ignite Summit

Modern Finance pioneer Therese Tucker to share insights on bootstrapping, scaling technology business outside Silicon Valley

LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2015BlackLine CEO and Founder Therese Tucker will share her insights on how to grow and scale a successful technology business in Los Angeles, as part of two main-stage appearances during next week’s 2015 TechFire Ignite Summit in Santa Monica, Calif.

Ms. Tucker will share lessons from her front-line experience building a tech company outside Silicon Valley – from bootstrapping the start-up in 2001, to redirecting the company’s focus in 2004, to betting on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model in 2008, to driving 50 percent growth annually for the past eight years, to expanding from a single product offering to a full ‘modern finance’ platform in 2014. Throughout, Ms. Tucker and her team stayed fanatical about customer service and building a sustainable business — growing to more than 1,100 customers globally including 100 Fortune 500 companies and major brands like Boeing, Costco, eBay, JetBlue and T-Mobile.

Additional speakers include executives from other leading LA- and Silicon Valley-based companies and investment firms such as HotelTonight, Pantera Capital and True Ventures.

Ms. Tucker’s passion, persistence and effort have paid off with BlackLine just recently ranking No. 14 on the 2015 list of the ‘50 Fastest’ Women-Owned/Led Companies in the world, as reported in The Wall St. Journal. In addition, BlackLine has made the Software 500 list of the world’s “largest and best performing” software companies for the past four years, the Deloitte Tech Fast 500 for the past five, and the prestigious Inc. 500/5000 for the past seven years in a row, joining the ranks of such companies as Jamba Juice, Microsoft and Patagonia.

Produced by TechFire, the 2014 Ignite Summit attracted more than 1,700 attendees. TechFire Ignite 2015 will be held Thursday, May 28, 2015, in downtown Santa Monica. For more information or to register, go here.

About BlackLine

BlackLine is the leader in Enhanced Finance Controls and Automation (EFCA) software and the only provider that offers a unified cloud platform supporting the entire close-to-disclose process. The BlackLine Finance Controls and Automation Platform is designed to help midsize companies and large enterprises strengthen controls, lower compliance risks and gain greater efficiencies and visibility. Delivered through a scalable and highly secure cloud model and built from a single code base, the platform supports many key accounting and financial processes including the financial close, account reconciliations, intercompany accounting and controls assurance, fueling confidence throughout the entire accounting cycle.

More than 100,000 users across 1,100 global companies in over 100 countries currently leverage BlackLine to increase accountant productivity and elevate controls and compliance functions to ‘Modern Finance’ status, with customers comprising more than 25 of the Fortune 100 and over 100 of the Fortune 500.

BlackLine complements existing enterprise systems for Corporate Performance Management, Governance Risk and Compliance and Enterprise Resource Planning. The BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions is an SAP-endorsed business solution, joining the ranks of fewer than 40 other software offerings. BlackLine also is an SAP Gold Partner, Oracle Gold Partner, and participates in the partner programs of NetSuite and several other ERP providers.

BlackLine global headquarters are in Los Angeles, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, London, Melbourne, New York City, Paris and Sydney. For more information, please visit


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