Barbara Kline is founder of The Breakthru Center, a focal point for creating, assembling and disseminating information on how to scale businesses from start-up to second stage company (step-up) to sustainable enterprise. While many organizations today focus on the “start up”, entrepreneurs are, for the most part, left on their own once they get the company organized and the first infusions of capital in place. She developed the concept of the Four Pillars for Start-up Success: are passion, adequate funding technical savvy, leadership. However, without the ability to develop policies, procedures and a management team—the hallmarks of the second stage of growth, any business will flounder.
Kline is a serial entrepreneur with six startups to her credit, including Breakthru Communications, a marketing and public relations consultancy specializing in technology startups founded in 1989. She has a regularly scheduled blogtalk radio program called Kline Online that covers business and second stage growth, and she is a respected business marketing columnist for Examiner.com which reaches 3 million viewers according to web traffic spy statistics. She has both domestic and international management experience with Intel, where she was responsible for introducing the concept practice and execution of product marketing for the MDS development system brand in Europe, experience that served her well as she moved to other international consulting roles and her stint as Vice President of Global Marketing for the Dutch firm, BWise. Kline honed her business marketing skills under the tutelage of such Silicon Valley luminaries as Regis McKenna.
Since the early ‘80s she has served as a consultant to such major technology firms as Cadence, Intel, HP, Marvell Semiconductors, Novell, and S3. A respected industry leader and trade association organizer and advisor she has worked with such industry groups as NetWorld, SNIA and WITI. She is a member of the New Mexico Angels Investor group, the Association for Commerce and Industry, and is Communications Director for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in northern New Mexico.
She specializes in strategic planning for corporate and product launches and company growth, and has been a content consultant and presentation coach for companies aspiring to present to San Francisco Bay Area Venture Capitalists at the 1:1 Visibility Conferences in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and has served as an advisor for the Technology Venture Corp’s Equity Venture Capital Symposium and as an instructor for CCET for more than five years.