On today’s episode, Linda Rigano speaks with a true frontierswoman and inspiring leader in world-class tech. You’ll hear about her background, growing up in the Rocky Mountains, and the powerful role her strong single mother had as a role model in her life. We touch on the core values taught to her in childhood that have made her who she is today, and the logical framework of asking what can be done to change what doesn’t feel right that forms the basis of her work today. She goes on to tell us how seeing first-hand the disconnect between policy and real-life inspired her to pursue an education in how things really worked. We delve into Aidan’s studies and what sparked her interest in working at Apple before she tells us what she loved about her experience there. Next, she tells about her six-year journey with Samsara and the mix of real-world operating experience and manufacturing knowledge she has acquired. She also shares the best advice she’s received, who she considers to be her biggest source of inspiration, and why she would choose flying if she could pick any superpower. We hope you join us for an action-filled episode today!
#165 Breaking New Frontiers with Aidan Madigan-Curtis
Linda Rigano is the Principal Consultant of The Rigano Group. Her expertise and enthusiasm for strategic and effective communication permeate all that she does as a consultant to B2B and B2C technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and publishing organizations to improve business performance and stakeholder relationships by building highly successful and measurable communications programs.
With over 20 years of industry experience, Linda has excelled in helping organizations advance the discussion of important industry issues. She was central to the development and promotion of ThomasNet’s annual Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey on the state of manufacturing, the ThomasNet/ISM “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” Recognition Program, and ThomasNet’s North American Scholarship Program. Linda also served as Director of Strategic Alliances for ThomasNet, and for many years was the Publisher of the Thomas Food Industry Register.
Throughout her career, Linda has been an active participant and presenter for manufacturing, supply management, and business associations. She is widely quoted in business and trade media, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Nightly Business Report, and Industry Today. Linda holds an MBA in marketing from Fordham University.
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Aidan Madigan-Curtis is General Partner at Eclipse Ventures, a top venture capital firm dedicated to transforming the essential industries that define and propel our economy. With over $2 billion in assets under management and 70 portfolio companies, Eclipse brings together a world-class team of investors with deep expertise in technology, manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, healthcare and consumer products, and executive experience at world-class technology companies including Tesla, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, and Cisco.
Aidan has deep technical, executive and operational expertise having served as Vice President and General Manager of Connected Sites at Samsara, a pioneer of the connected operations cloud. Prior to founding and scaling Samsara Connected Sites, a computer-vision product focused on industrial safety and security, Aidan led Samsara’s end-to-end operations including hardware, new product introduction, manufacturing, supply chain, global logistics and support for 20,000+ customers around the globe. She was also a founding member of the company’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board.
Prior to Samsara Aidan served on Apple’s Global Operations team where she helped launch the first Apple watch and iPhone 6S and led the company’s most scaled manufacturing division. She has first-class investing credentials from global asset management firm, Bridgewater Associates where she was most recently Director, Investment Associate Program & Research Analyst, East Asia. Aidan has a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Development of East Asia from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Aidan welcomes meeting entrepreneurs and founders who are leveraging technology to digitize processes for rapid growth in Eclipse’ focus areas.
Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect with Aidan: LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aidan-madigan-curtis @Adian-Madigan-Curtis Eclipse Ventures: www.eclipse.vc Follow Eclipse at www.linkedin.com/company/eclipse
For more information connecting with Aidan for interviews, editorial contributions and speaking engagements, contact Linda Rigano at email@example.com or 914.815.0396.