Anna Dvornikova

Anna is a Managing Partner at TEC Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund based in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Anna also is a Managing Director of TEC (The Entrepreneurs’ Club, – an international network of 6,000+ high-tech entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and other professionals based in Silicon Valley.

As part of her non-profit activities, Anna is the President and a Board member of AmBAR - American Business Association of Russian-Speaking Professionals (, growing it over the years from a small local gathering to the largest organization worldwide.

Anna is a Founder and the owner of SVOD - Silicon Valley Open Doors technology investment conference - the premier yearly event in the Silicon Valley bringing together technology start-ups with the prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firms, leading technology, business media and the top US tech companies.

Previously, Anna was an angel investor with some of her portfolio companies rating as top 10 Russian high-tech startups. She is the author of many articles on entrepreneurship, angel and venture financing.

In 2010, Anna organized, in partnership with Rusnano, the first ever delegation of 20 Managing Partners from top Silicon Valley VC firms ($60 bln+ under management) to Moscow to meet with Russian business, investment & government elite, including President Medvedev. She also was the organizer & a host of the Russian President and his delegation's visit in the Silicon Valley.

Anna is a frequent speaker at international and executive conferences. She was featured on CNN, in Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, as well as major Russian TV channels and newspapers.

Anna holds her J.D. from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and her Master of Laws degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.

What They Say About Us

"The wonderful thing about entrepreneurs is that their passion for starting new companies transcends languages and geographic boundaries."

Ron Conway, Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds, early stage investor in Google and PayPal

"Networking is very important for start-ups. The challenge for them is often not money: it is mentoring and finding people who can give good advice from experience."

Esther Dyson, Founder, EDventure Holdings

"This conference is clearly a labor of love for a group of dedicated professionals who care deeply about the Eastern European entrepreneurs. From the value-packed educational panels, to the star-studded key note speakers' line up, to an amazing quantity of venture capitalists – this is a not to be missed event for any high tech entrepreneur,"

Richard Guha, President of the Marketing Executives Network and Managing Partner at MaxBrandEquity

"As Stanford MBA students, we were exposed to a lot of VC firms both from the Valley and abroad. It is at Stanford that we met Anna Dvornikova, an absolutely amazing business leader and (by our big luck) our friend, who was the center of the Russian Silicon Valley professional community, and was doing a huge work to connect Russia and the Valley. Anna helped us a lot with kick-starting Wikimart, put us to our first-ever conference, introduced us to most of Russian VCs. And all that happened in a very short time span! It was the beginning of a six-month journey that despite the particularly tough times resulted in an extraordinarily group of investors backing our start-up."

Maxim Faldin and Kamil Kurmakayev,
co-CEOs, Wikimart