Professor MacLean has a unique track record for entrepreneurial success as a founder, CEO, seed investor, and board member. She has been on the Midas Touch list by Forbes, listed by BusinessWeek as one of the 50 most influential business women in America, and is a member of Fortune's Most Powerful Women group. She was also featured by Forbes in a cover article on Angel Investing.
MacLean has four decades of combined experience in the computer and communications industries. She was a founder of Network Equipment Technologies which went public in 1987 and later co-founded and was CEO of Adaptive which merged with NET in 1993.
Building on her own entrepreneurial success, MacLean has been instrumental in helping to launch and grow successful companies through her work as a mentor capitalist and as a professor of entrepreneurship. The companies she has seed funded which have gone public include: Pure Software, Pete's Brewing Company, AdForce, dsl.net, and Selectica. Successful acquisitions include: Skybox/Google, Centrality/Sirf, Ironport/Cisco, Avidia/PairGain, Firefly/Microsoft, InternetMiddleware/NetworkAppliance, Amplitude/CriticalPath, specialtyMD/Chemdex, Gigabeat/Napster, and Achieva/Kaplan. MacLean serves on the Board or Advisory Board of BeyondCore, FollowAnalytics, SouthSuite, Sourcegraph, Andalou, Finesse, mOasis, Solum, Starmaker, Zady, and Oh My Green!. She is also an affiliate and advisor to a number of leading Venture Funds.
In her teaching capacity at Stanford, she is a lead professor for the Technology Venture Formation course in the Stanford Technology Venture Program in the School of Engineering. In addition to her work at Stanford MacLean actively supports the development of entrepreneurial studies through her board work at the Kauffman Fellows Program and Maui College University of Hawaii.