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Silicon Valley Survivor

Silicon Valley Survivor

From Palmerston North to Silicon Valley and from idea to IPO – Linda Jenkinson makes things happen through a mix of fearlessness, sharp intellect and enthusiasm.

Jenkinson, a 40-year-old expat Kiwi living in San Francisco, has successfully built two multi-million dollar businesses in the US, including a dot-com that not only survived the global tech crash but is also profitable. Jenkinson, who has raised more than $368 million in venture capital over the past four years, says she is part of the group of 'Silicon Valley survivors'.

Based on her track record as a successful serial entrepreneur it isn’t really surprising that one of her goals is to build a billion-dollar company.

Jenkinson will be winging her way to New Zealand next week to talk about ‘Leading People and Building Organisations’ as part of the Baycorp Advantage SmartNet workshops series 2003. Events are being held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Jenkinson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Les Concierges, the world’s premier provider of assistance-based loyalty solutions. Prior to joining LesConcierges, Linda was the Co-Founder and CEO of iSaySo, a web-enabled personal services company focusing on next-generation personal assistance-based loyalty solutions.

Prior to iSaySo, Linda was Co-Founder and CEO of Dispatch Management Services Corp (NASDAQ: DMSC), an international on demand courier and black car company. DMSC had more than 6,500 employees and independent contractors in 65 cities throughout the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand, and grew revenues to over $200 million in two years via an industry roll-up. Linda took DMSC public in 1998 and oversaw the operation of more than 60 contact centres in the US, Europe and New Zealand. An initial public offering for DMS raised $90 million in the US.

The Baycorp Advantage SmartNet workshop series 2003 is the seventh annual programme linking knowledge generators and innovators with entrepreneurs, policy makers and business service providers.

The lunch sessions and workshops will run in:

a.. Auckland, 29 October, Totem on the Viaduct b.. Wellington, 30 October, The Duxton Hotel c.. Christchurch, 31 October, The Hotel Grand Chancellor

For more information see the website http://www.smartnet.co.nz.

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