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Brian Hilgendorf

Advisor Greater Seattle Area, US

Board Member, Microsoft Alumni Network and Founder and Chief Strategist, Brilliance Enterprises.

Board Member, Microsoft Alumni Network and Founder and Chief Strategist, Brilliance Enterprises.

3 vouches

Involved In


Brilliance Enterprises
Validar, Inc.
Vendaria Media, Inc. (Sold to Omni Retail Group 2013)
Town & Country Travel
NetPodium, Inc. (Sold to InterVu, Inc.)
Televox (Vocable Networks)
Luminous Corporation (Sold to Imation Corporation - IMN)


Onvia, Inc. (ONVI)
Cybergolf, Inc.
Microsoft Alumni Network
Validar, Inc.
Cybergolf, Inc.
Onvia, Inc. (ONVI)


Board Member Microsoft Alumni Network January 2007 - present
Founder and Chief Strategist Brilliance Enterprises 2005 - present
Interim CEO Microsoft Alumni Network July 2014 - December 2014
Chief Financial Officer Jobaline December 2012 - June 2014
Founder and Advisor Validar, Inc. 2005 - 2014
Founder, Chairman and CFO Vendaria Media, Inc. (Sold to Omni Retail Group 2013) 2005 - July 2013
Investor and Advisor Cybergolf, Inc. 2000 - June 2013
Co-Author of Sex, Intimacy and Business Brilliance Enterprises, Inc. 2005 - 2007
Founder and Partner RavenFire 2003 - 2005
Founder, Chairman and CFO Town & Country Travel 2000 - 2005
Venture Partner Voyager Capital 2000 - 2002
Founder and CFO NetPodium, Inc. (Sold to InterVu, Inc.) 1997 - 1999
Founder and CEO Televox (Vocable Networks) 1997 - 1999
Seed Angel Investor and Active Start-Up Advisor Onvia, Inc. (ONVI) 1997 - 1999
Founder and CFO Luminous Corporation (Sold to Imation Corporation - IMN) 1996 - 1997
Director of Business Development Aldus Corporation 1990 - 1995
Senior Manager EY 1985 - 1990
Partner Frost & Tallman 1981 - 1985


Golden Gate University Taxation 1983 - 1987
Central Washington University Accounting 1979 - 1981
Yakima Valley Community College Accounting and Business/Management 1977 - 1979
Seattle University Engineering 1976 - 1977

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Games
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Sports

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Venture capital • Business Strategy • Financial Modeling • Internet • Financial management

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Todd Conley
Co-Founder, MagicScreen Inc.. Previously Program Manager - Healthcare, Microsoft Corporation. University of Washington grad.
Brian keeps current (ahead) on startup trends in a variety of industries. Having a lunch or dinner with Brian is very valuable - he'll affir ... m that you're on the right track or provide you with a reality check you need to get there! Great adviser, and valuable network of financial and people resources to get any startup going.
Chuck Kissee
Partner/Founder, Sandbox, LLC and Managing Member, Securus Private Client group. University of Southern California grad.
Brian is an awesome entrepreneur with a heart for clarity and vision. Any founder can benefit from even the briefest of conversations with B ... rian.