Our expertise lies in helping founders in the earliest stages of company building. Experienced in both start-up operations and investing, we bring our clients valuable insights garnered from sitting on both sides of the table. From scaling your team and your business to fine-tuning your leadership skills, we are here to be your trusted partner every step of the way.
Robyn Ward is a 20-year veteran of the technology startup space. Via her coaching and consulting business, FounderForward, she helps founders with leadership development, culture & team-building, as well as fundraising strategy and strategic partnerships. Robyn also teaches Entrepreneurship at USC and is a champion of diversity and equality in the technology industry. She has been named a Top Woman in LA Tech by DigitalLA and a Top LA Tech Ambassador by TechWeek.
Prior to FounderForward, Robyn launched and ran the strategic investment arm of United Talent Agency. In her role as Head of New Media Ventures, she identified investment and incubation opportunities and worked closely with portfolio founders to help accelerate their growth. Before UTA, Robyn was a business development and operations executive who served on the early leadership teams of five venture-backed startups, including Docstoc (acquired by Intuit) and Verified Person (acquired by Sterling Talent Solutions).
A sought after MC, keynote, and panelist, Robyn speaks at conferences, universities, companies, and venture firms on topics relating to: Leadership Development, Optimizing for Peak Performance, Cultivating and Sustaining Culture, Fundraising, and The Importance of Diversity in the Tech Industry.
Robyn is passionate about increasing the number of women founders and funders, as well as creating a more diverse and inclusive technology ecosystem overall. She is a member of the Rise of The Rest Fund’s Experts Network, an Advisor to The Female Quotient and Brava Investments, and a Board Member of The Women Founders Network (WFN).
Robyn began her career as an investment banker with Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. She holds a BS in Business, with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, from the University of Southern California, where she serves on the Advisory Council to the Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.