Ann L. Winblad was born on November 1, 1950 in Red Wing, Minnesota. She learned "that patience and focus is a very good balance with overall efficiency and that’s served me well as an entrepreneur."
In 1989 with John Hummer, she co-founded the venture capital firm Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.
To be a successful venture capitalist, she says, "we have to look at the glass as half full….we have to slurp up that Kool-Aid for an instant, but we can’t get addicted."
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- Business Week top 25 power brokers in the Silicon Valley
- SVForum Visionary Award 
Lambert, Laura. (2005). "Ann Winblad." in The Internet: A Historical Encyclopedia. Part 1, Biographies. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. p. 238-242.