The Girl

iV - aspiring entrepreneurial supergirl at age 7

iV - aspiring entrepreneurial supergirl at age 7

I am “iV”

I am a business woman turned TV show host, CEO, patent holder, sky-diver, motorcycle racer and aspiring red-headed entrepreneurial Supergirl! And I am on a mission to show that “anything is possible” in this world and to help current & aspiring entrepreneurs make great things happen.

Here are some of my latest adventures – come join me on one of my road trips!!!

On the Road with iV

Ingrid Vanderveldt

The Billionaire Girls Club

Currently I am the CEO of Green Girl Energy and host this crazy little cool web show for entrepreneurs called On the Road with iV. I’ve been lucky to have have sat with Al Roker on the Today show, been interviewed by Donny Deusch on the Big Idea and talked entrepreneurship on BNET’s Dog & Pony Show. I have founded 8 start-ups (some succeeded & some did not, but I always learned), raised over $7M in venture funding (& lost a bunch too – ugh), and received a technology patent from my first technology company without having a technology background (the femme geek started there I think).

I have arm wrestled the founder of Starbucks (Howard Schultz), introduced Malcom Gladwell (author of BLINK, Tipping Point) to a Fortune 500 CEO conference, sat with Hugh Hefner in the Playboy mansion and walked the corporate offices with his daughter, Christie Hefner. I have ridden motorcycles with John Paul DeJoria, (Paul Mitchell) and Karen Davidson (Harley Davidson) and has even raced and beat Alanis Morisette (and beat) on a motorcycle race track. I was SOOO lucky one time & got to sit courtside and walked the arena with Joe & Gavin Maloof (owners of the NBA Sacramento Kings), helped put on the first in-person & online Microsoft Small Business Summit, have had breakfast with Congress and I was recently elected to the X-Prize Foundation Energy and Environment Award Advisory Team. For you degree folks out there, I have a Master’s in Architecture and an MBA in Entrepreneurship.

Getting Ready to Ride!

Getting Ready to Ride!

In the 4th grade I rode the “special bus to the special school” and was told that I was “special” because I was born with “learning disabilities” and was behind everyone in my class. After the school helped fix the problem (hearing problems) I became one of the top students. In college, my first architecture professor told me that I shouldn’t waste her time trying to be an architect and should focus on being a wife and mother. I used that motivation to become one of top students in my class and was elected National Director of The American Institute of Architecture Students and The American Institute of Architects and created the first ever Women in Architecture Video. When I started my first technology company, an advisor told me I need to dress and talk like a man to compete in the male tech world and a venture capitalist told me I would never get funded in that town if I didn’t. I kept dressing like a girl and acting like a woman and went on to receive million’s of dollars in venture funding and was named by the Austin American Statesman named as a “Top Star to Watch” and named a Austin’s 40 under 40 and I received the Technology of the Year Award (previous winner was Michael Dell) and made the cover of Women’s Enterprise Magazine and Digital South Magazine. I was told that she needed to have journalism and on-camera experience if I ever wanted to host a TV show and rather than go work for a news station, I pitched and brokered the deal to a major network and landed the American Made show on CNBC and was the HOST!!! :)

I am mentored by Red McCombs, former mentee of George Kozmetsky, and founder of Clear Channel and I am blessed to sit on the board of WorldBlu and Responsible Partying Made Simple. I am a founding member of The Billionaire Girls Club, am writing my first book called “the Aha Moment” and I am the Annual emcee of MOOT CORP, the world’s largest business plan competition and I get to speak to entrepreneurial audiences around the country.

I have a ball-chasing cocker spaniel named Wille G (after Willie G. Davdison), live on airplanes with a USA Today in one hand & a Starbucks in the other as I juggle tapping away on my blackberry. I read non stop, ride and race motorcycles, skydive every chance I get and I love CNN, celebrity magazines and PerezHilton.

- iV –

Always looking up

Always looking up