Teresa Dentino: Founder, Entrepreneur, Adviser, Mentor
Teresa Dentino first started handling financial transactions at the age of ten while growing up in her family’s grocery business. Entrepreneurism was baked in from early days. Later she studied financial analysis and economics through undergraduate and post-graduate studies, including the University of Illinois and Level I of the Chartered Financial Analysts program among other advanced studies.
Always driven to help solve social issues she created the first wealth management for women strategies, including educational programs, public lectures, and television and media appearances. Infused with behavioral economics principles, her work was the first of its kind and provided access to financial understanding to thousands of women who previously had not been included in the family financial planning process. Her later work and research in Silicon Valley women’s leadership circles - and through the Women’s Financial Revolution Project initiative - brought forward the high correlation of professional women in finance roles having the highest probability to ascend to the C-Suite. This was paramount in shaping future curricula on women’s leadership training and coaching programs.
Successive self-funded ventures include an asset management firm in San Francisco followed by The Financial 411, where she was responsible for over $800 MLN in financial transactions through family office financial advisement, forensic accounting and quantitative analysis.
Today Teresa works with early-stage and startup technology companies, sharing deep expertise on the challenges founders face. She also is among the first to envision connecting the Heartland with Silicon Valley through her direct and active experience in both locales. Having successfully founded three companies, working in both San Francisco and Silicon Valley over almost three decades, she knows first-hand the challenges of launching a startup and the requirements for successful execution, raising capital and scaling through to sustainable growth.
Valley to The Prairie
Her current focus is building higher density innovation ecosystems in the Midwest by bringing access to Silicon Valley expert advisory talent, corporate partners, angel investors, and venture capitalists. The results are synergistic and exponential growth occurs while benefitting founders and helping to build flourishing innovation ecosystems in Midwestern communities aiming to re-purpose after rust-belt industry shifts to their economies. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley angels, V.C.'s and investors have more access to pipeline opportunities with potential for higher return on investment.
In her spare time, she mentors early-stage companies through the global Silicon Valley accelerator, GSV Labs.