Kathryn Gould was key to the formation of Engineering Capital. Kathryn started her career as a scientist, before turning to high-tech entrepreneurship. After earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, Gould worked as a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory, just outside Chicago. She earned her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1978 and went on to join Oracle in its early days as its first vice president of marketing. She then went on to become one of the first women venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, serving as general partner at Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre. In 1995, she became one of the first women in the valley to found a VC firm.