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 50 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).
Referred to as the "Most Connected Woman in Silicon Valley" by Fast Company, and named one of the "Most Connected Women in America" by Marie Claire, 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.
2007 - Current (almost 10 years)
|Jan, 2016||BirdEye||$8M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|May, 2015||Outreach||$2.3M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2015||PageCloud||$1.2M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2014||uBeam||$10M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2014||Foko Inc.||$450k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2014||Booshaka||$2M / Convertible Note||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2014||Omni||$3M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2014||Jobr||$2M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jun, 2014||Osper||$10M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Jun, 2014||BrightSky Labs||$1.6M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|May, 2014||Skycatch||$13.2M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2014||GemShare||$1.2M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Feb, 2014||Rocksbox||$1.5M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2013||Rise||$2.3M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jun, 2013||Experiment||$1.23M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Feb, 2013||EvntLive||$2.3M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2012||uBeam||$750k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2011||MightyText||$650k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jun 14, 2016||Enterprise Irregulars - Social’s swan song|
|May 19, 2016||Business Wire - London & Partners: British Women CEOs Look to Silicon Valley for Expansion|
|Apr 27, 2016||Techstars - Startup PR: 4 Ways to Get Started|
|Jan 29, 2016||Vator.tv - Daily funding roundup - January 29, 2016|
|Jan 29, 2016||PE HUB - BirdEye nets $8 mln Series A in Trinity Ventures-led round|
|Jan 29, 2016||StrictlyVC - StrictlyVC: January 29, 2016|
|Jan 28, 2016||TechCrunch - BirdEye Swoops In On $8 Million Series A|
|Jan 28, 2016||Market Wired - Top - BirdEye Raises $8M From Silicon Valley Who's Who to Close the Loop on Business Reputation and Customer Experience|