Barbara Bry is a serial entrepreneur who is currently the chief operating officer for Blackbird Ventures that invests in and incubates early stage technology companies. In addition, she and her husband Neil Senturia teach entrepreneurship at UC San Diego and write a weekly column on entrepreneurship for U-T San Diego. The companies / organizations that she helped to start include Proflowers, Provide Commerce, San Diego Athena, and Voice of San Diego. In addition, she was the associate director of CONNECT during its early years, and she developed many of CONNECT’s signature programs including Springboard and The Most Innovative New Products Awards.
She has received numerous honors including the KPBS-Local Heroes Award, the CONNECT Lifetime Contribution Award/Technology, the Athena Founder Award, recognition as a “Woman Who Means Business” by the San Diego Business Journal, the Sara Moser award from Planned Parenthood in recognition of her advocacy efforts for women, and she has been inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame.
Barbara has a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and a Master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania, and she earned a Master’s in business administration degree from the Harvard Business School. She and her husband Neil have four children between the ages of 27 and 31.
Interviewed by Caroline Simard