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Joan Ziegler
Managing Partner & Founder

At Innov8, Joan Ziegler helps companies at every stage, with a special focus on company formation and strategy, securing financing, and business planning.


Joan has founded five companies in Silicon Valley and New York City. In addition to founding Innov8 Firm, she continues as CEO and cofounder of PrivaSys, a holding company that licenses credit card technology to American Express, Discover, First Data, MasterCard and Visa. PrivaSys’s intellectual property is  deployed in over 100 million US cards & devices including Applepay, Android Pay & SamsungPay.  


Previously, Joan was CEO and cofounder of interactive card company FiTeq, where she remains a director.  Earlier, she spent over 12 years developing video games and education software based on world-class brands licensed from Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Mattel.  As SVP and cofounder of software publisher Hi Tech Expressions, she was instrumental in securing $5.8 million in venture financing & building revenue to $50M in five years.  She then was SVP of the Home & Kids division of MIndscape, which was subsequently sold to Pearson PLC for $500M. 


As President/founder of Jazz Interactive, Joan partnered with educational publisher Addison Wesley to develop retail K- 8 math curriculum products, branded under the National Basketball Association and endorsed by San Antonio Spurs’ star (and Naval Academy graduate) David Robinson.  While President of multiplayer game company EPlay, Joan positioned as the number one chess website and secured distribution with, Electronic Arts & AOL. 


Joan has presented at numerous emerging technology conferences, including the MIT/Stanford Venture Laboratory, Red Herring’s NDA, Alex Brown Conferences, Dick Shaffer’s Financial Services Outlook, CTIA, Thomson Financial Conferences, Allen and Company’s Executive Retreat for Women, and  FWE, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.  She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University and a BA in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University.

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