Diane is a highly passionate ideas generator and entrepreneur (oh and she’s pretty good at marketing too). Before joining MassChallenge she founded the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London, graduating nearly 40 startups and building Microsoft's presence in the UK startup space. Diane’s passion for startups stems from her over 25-year marketing career, during which she served as marketing director for American company Cyveillance, which was a startup when Diane joined in 1998, and helped them expand to the UK in 2000. She has also worked as a group account director at agencies, including Grey London and LBi, and has run her own branding consultancy. She was named a British Interactive Media Awards top 100 Digital Leader in the UK in 2016.
Diane has a BA in mass communications from the University of Delaware and a MSB from Johns Hopkins University. Originally from the United States, Diane has been based in London since 2000. When she’s not out championing startups, she enjoys ridiculously hot yoga and is an enthusiastic cook and foodie.