Feature StoryMeet Your Haas Network
Kim Fisher, MBA 94
Partner, Prologue International
San Francisco, Calif.
Kim Fisher, MBA 94, is an expert at getting things started. A proven entrepreneur, Fisher co-founded AudioBasket, an online audio content aggregator and raised $26 million to get it going. AudioBasket was then sold to digital media management company eMotion in 2001. At her latest venture, Prologue International, Fisher is tapping her startup experience to help governments, venture capital firms, and innovation centers support entrepreneurs. “Our goal is to help create jobs and companies all over the world,” says Fisher.
As a partner at Prologue, Fisher, a former Motorola executive and executive director of the Women’s Technology Cluster, helps clients write business plans, find work space, land venture funding, and “get from lab to market.”
Fisher works with an eclectic mix of clients, including the San Jose Biocenter, Hasso Plattner Ventures (Plattner, the former CEO of software giant SAP, now focuses on investments in East Germany), and the US Market Access Center, which helps foreign-based companies understand how to sell in the US market. Recently, Fisher brought government officials from Malaysia's multimedia development corridor to Silicon Valley to discuss investment opportunities in their country. After the initial meeting, two potential customers flew to Malaysia to explore the opportunities and are now setting up business there, Fisher says.
“What my team knows is entrepreneurship,” she says. “And getting started, in business, is half the battle.”