Janis Machala

Board Member

Janis brings over 25 years of advising on the start-up and scale-up phase of innovative groundbreaking technology companies. She has a background in AI/Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, IT Services, and Vertical B2B markets such as Financial Services. Janis has actively contributed to the growth of startups, emerging growth and mid-market companies, by serving as a board member, business advisor, interim executive, and/or executive coach. Clients experience Janis’s contributions as “transformative, innovative, connected, selfless, smart, driven, entrepreneurial, and creative.”

Janis held senior management roles in market development at Fortune 500 companies at Microsoft Corporation, Sun Microsystems, and Wang Laboratories. Janis is on the board of directors at The Chambers Group, an environmental consulting company; Calico Energy, a SaaS data management company focused on the utilities industry; and was recently on the board of Koverse, an intelligent data solutions company who’s first commercial company was Credit Suisse, who became a corporate venture investor as a result of their successful use of Koverse’s product. Koverse recently sold to SAIC at a healthy multiple. Janis serves as an advisor to Flex Axxion, Tignis, and Positron Networks. Janis has had executive coaching clients within companies such as Accenture, Amazon, Microsoft, MSCI, and Smartsheet.

Janis holds an MBA in marketing from the Unversity of Iowa and a BA in Psychology and English (in 3 years) from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She resides on Whidbey Island, WA with her husband of 40+ years and is owned by two entertaining Dandie Dinmont Terriers. There she’s a member of Whidbey Westside Rotary International and spearheaded Whidbey Entrepreneurs to foster more scalable business growth on Whidbey.