Transformation, expansion, reinvention: Fran Maier has done it. Currently the Founder and Chair of the Board of TRUSTe, an online provider of privacy and trust services, she lead her company’s 2008 changeover from a non-profit organization to a thriving for-profit business. Previously, as an original founder of Match.com she reconfigured the singles scene by being the first to turn online matchmaking into a safe and credible service. She has built strong online identities for start-ups such as Women.com as well as for established companies like K-mart with BlueLight.com. Fran is an industry expert in online privacy, brand building, and marketing to women, earning her numerous awards and recognitions for her role as an influential woman in tech and business.
“Fran gives me invaluable coaching that only another woman who has ‘been there, done that’ can do.”
CEO & co-founder, Bia Sport
Fortunately for us, she uses her powers for good in her work as a mentor for women in technology and as a fierce advocate for women in business leadership. Her dedication to fostering female entrepreneurs is evident in new technology rich start-ups like Ruby Ribbon, a new, women-led social commerce apparel company, and, of course Bia. Fran joined our ranks when she became one of our angel investors, offering to match the kickstarter pledges of her friends and then spreading the word to her peers in Silicon Valley.