Ellen is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organizations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for “networked innovation”. She also spends much of her time actively managing a portfolio of ~50 startups as an angel investor and/or advisory board member. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for learning technology company Instructure (NYSE: INST) and social network for military and veterans company Rallypoint. She is a University Advisor at Arizona State University, recently named the “most innovative” US university by US News & World Report.
Ellen spent nearly a decade working with LinkedIn, from its founding through its IPO, including having served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, head of Corporate & Business Development and member of the Executive Team. Prior to LinkedIn, Ellen ran a groundbreaking program at Stanford University facilitating collaboration between industry partners, Silicon Valley, and the Stanford 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, sold to Microsoft), technology think tanks (Interval Research), large corporations (Apple Computer; PriceWaterhouse Coopers), and universities (Harvard; Stanford). She has a BA from the University of Michigan, and MA/PhD from Stanford.