Our Mentors

Ben Chelf

Ben is a General Partner at Elementum Ventures, a firm focused on early stage startups in deep tech. He grew up in the Midwest but moved to California in 1996 to attend Stanford where he received a BS and MS in Computer Science. He took a leave of absence from his PhD program there to co-found Coverity, a software quality and security company. Coverity attracted investment from the likes of Benchmark Capital and Foundation Capital, employed hundreds of people, and, in 2014, was acquired by Synopsys. Ben served as both COO and CTO, defining product strategy and working closely with customers and the press and analyst communities. He's been named to ComputerWorld's Top 40 under 40 Innovative IT Professionals and is in the Stanford Inventor Hall of Fame. Ben has lived every part of the entrepreneurial cycle and is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Kim, son Jace, daughter (not named at time of printing!), and dog Leila.