Kira Makagon is a successful serial entrepreneur and technology industry leader. A graduate of UC Berkeley in computer science and Haas School of Business, she enjoys sharing the lessons she’s learned from being a veteran “only woman in the room.” She got her start as the only child of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants who landed in San Francisco when she was a teenager and believed in giving their daughter a gender-neutral start in life. As an avid writer and speaker, Kira is a role model for young women, especially, encouraging them to aim for leadership roles in the technology industry. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs and serves as an advisor to early-stage companies, including Illuminate Ventures, Yozio, Qubell, News360, 1 World Online and Airframe, where she is also a member of the Board of Directors. Currently EVP of Innovation at RingCentral, Kira leads product, engineering and operations employees spread across four continents. Before RingCentral, she co-founded several technology companies, including Octane (acquired by E.piphany NASDAQ: EPNY) for $3.2 billion, and RedAril (acquired by Hearst). She has also participated in two successful IPOs: Scopus (NASDAQ: SCOP) and RingCentral (NYSE: RNG). Kira lives in Silicon Valley and enjoys skiing, snowboarding and long walks with her husband in her free time.
Kira’s recent awards include:
2015 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award
2015 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards
Named to Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence in 2015
Named to SF Business Times Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business for 2015 and 2016
2016 Bay Area CIO Awards finalist