Melissa Widner, Lighter Capital

By Dexter Cousins on 14/12/2020

Episode 62 and Dexter Cousins is joined by Melissa Widner, CEO of Lighter Capital, the pioneer and leader in revenue-based financing for tech start-ups and scales ups. 

Seattle based Lighter Capital is backed by NAB and Silicon Valley Bank as well as US based VCs.   

Previously Melissa was the Managing Director of NAB Ventures, the VC arm of the National Australia Bank and a General Partner at Seattle based SeaPoint Ventures.  

She was the founder and CEO of 7Software, a Silicon Valley based enterprise software company acquired by Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR, acquired by SAP).  She was also the CEO of Northwest Industrial Supply.  Under her leadership, both companies generated over a 10X return to investors.  

She is the co-founder and Chairperson of Sydney based Heads Over Heels, an organisation that supports women entrepreneurs running companies with high growth potential. 

Melissa served as a lecturer at the University of Washington's Graduate School of Business where she taught courses on venture capital and entrepreneurship. She was previously on the board of the AIC (AVCAL) and has served on the boards of several venture backed technology companies in both the US and Australia. 

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Article written by Dexter Cousins
Founder of Tier One People and host of the Fintech Chatter Podcast.

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