Wendy Porter - Chicostart

Helping to build the Chicostart incubator has been the most wonderful experiences of my professional life. The synergy that has developed among our 1st year startups is invigorating. We are growing our incubation programs daily and the future is bright!  The entrepreneurial community that has come together around this hub of innovation is nothing short of inspiring!  Daily I do my best to keep this train moving through my mosh pit of skills.. relationship handling, people connecting, tech foundation and a dash of serial entrepreneurial-ship.

Was it really… 11 years with Hewlett Packard, 3+ years as a senior executive contributor at Shasta QA, 2 years of dabbling at 4 startups, and 15 months of world traveling.   My career started in web application design & development, drifted into software development life cycle management, meandered in middle / executive management and has now settled in the world of entrepreneurs.

Many of my successes at HP centered around managing releases and putting together programs and processes for the Software Development Life-cycle. Building a web development business, and Implementing Change Management / Release to Production programs for HP IT departments were highlights in my career.

My three years at Shasta QA were a wonderful journey helping provide QA services and improved SDLC processes to over 16 different software development companies. The significant growth we experienced while I was there really had the “Good Fight” vibe as we were able to provide many new QA jobs to local Chico and Redding residents. Building wonderful partnerships and relationships with our Clients in the Bay was one of my favorite parts of my job.

I can’t wait to see how our new efforts move Chicostart forward this year!