Cynthia Ringo was formerly a Managing Director of VantagePoint Venture Partners from 2002 to 2008 where she was Group Leader of the Communications, Systems, Internet and Media Practice. Ms. Ringo served as a Board Member of the following VantagePoint portfolio companies: Entrisphere, Klipsh, Tymphany, Widevine, Livescribe, Provina and Meriton.
Prior to VantagePoint Venture Partners, Ms. Ringo served as the CEO of Coppercom, a next-generation network switching company, from 1998 to 2001 and was the Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2002. While at Coppercom Ms. Ringo took the company from pre-revenue and five employees to an industry leader in two new communications markets. Coppercom was acquired by Heico Corporation in 2003. Prior to Coppercom Ms. Ringo was the SVP of Corporate Development and Business Units at networking company Madge Networks from 1993 to 1997. While at Madge Networks Ms. Ringo had P&L responsibility for 3 business units with $400 million revenue and 500 staff, and identified and negotiated acquisitions worth over $500 million. Ms. Ringo was the VP Marketing and Sales at data warehousing software company Red Brick Systems from 1990 to 1993. From 1980 to 1990 Ms. Ringo held various legal, sales, marketing, business development, and consulting roles.
Ms. Ringo serves on the board of directors of the Bay Area BUILD and is a member of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) Foundation. She also served on the board of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs from 2000 to 2004, and as Chair of the Board for 2001 through 2003. Ms. Ringo is a mentor to Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. She also serves as an advisor to several organizations including: the SVForum, a Silicon Valley leadership forum, Astia, supporting women-led entrepreneurs, as a judge for the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition, a member of the Emeritus Board, Watermark and is a member of Broadway Angels. Ms. Ringo received a BS in Legal Systems from Georgia State University and a JD from Emory University School of Law.