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 1976 she co-founded Open Systems, Inc., an accounting software company, which was sold for over $15 million six years later. In 1989 with John Hummer, she co-founded the venture capital firm Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.
- Upside Magazine 100 most influential people in the digital age
- Vanity Fair top 50 leaders of the New Establishment
- Business Week top 25 power brokers in the Silicon Valley
- SVForum Visionary Award 
- "Ann Winblad talks Kool-Aid, green tech and Bill Gates", Dec 16, 2008, Audio interview, freshdialogues.com
- "Ann Winblad", speaker bio for Fall 2014-2015 "Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar", stanford.edu
- "Adventure Capitalist", 1 Oct. 1996, Wired.com
- SVForum, 1999 Visionary Awards.
Lambert, Laura. (2005). "Ann Winblad." in The Internet: A Historical Encyclopedia. Part 1, Biographies. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. p. 238-242.