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University of Michigan, BS 1990
Stanford University, M.A. & Ph.D. 1996
Cognitive Psychology

Current Companies

Managing Director

Former Companies

Vice President Corporate Development & Strategy

Former Financial Organizations

Managing Director
Director of MediaX

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Ellen Levy

Ellen is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organizations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for “networked innovation.” Additionally, she actively manages a portfolio of roughly 25 startups either as an angel investor or advisory board member. Ellen spent much of the last decade working with LinkedIn, including having served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, head of Corporate & Business Development and member of the Executive Team, and her original role as Advisory Board member when the company was first founded.

Prior to LinkedIn, Ellen spent two years running a groundbreaking program at Stanford University, facilitating collaborationbetween industry partners, Silicon Valley, and the University research community by championing questions having to do with people, technology & innovation. Over her career, Ellen has held formal roles in venture capital (Softbank Venture Capital; NeoCarta Ventures; Draper Fisher Jurvetson), startups (WhoWhere, sold to Lycos; Softbook Press, sold to Gemstar; LinkedIn, LNKD), technology think tanks (Interval Research), large corporations (Apple Computer, AAPL; PriceWaterhouse Coopers), and universities (Harvard University; Stanford University).

Recently referred to as the “Most Connected Woman in Silicon Valley,” Ellen now focuses much of her time on the dynamics of social networks within “the enterprise”, social media and the consumer Internet, innovation ecosystems and supporting organizational models.

She has a BA from the University of Michigan, and MA/PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
GemShare 4/2014Seed$1.2M9
RocksBox 2/2014Seed$1.5M3
Experiment 6/2013Seed$1.23M22
EvntLive 2/2013Seed$2.3M7
uBeam 7/2012Seed$750k8



  1. GemShare Raises $1.2M in Seed Funding ( [edit]
  2. RocksBox Gets A $1.5M Seed Round For Valentine’s Day ( [edit]
  3. Wall Street Journal ( [edit]
  4. With $2.3M From Vint Cerf & More, Tech Pioneer Judy Estrin Unveils EvntLive, The Web’s New Interactive Concert Hall ( [edit]
  5. uBeam Raises 750k from FF Angel, Andreessen Horowitz, CrunchFund and Angels ( [edit]
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