Our Mentors

Ben Chelf

Ben is a General Partner at Elementum Ventures, a firm focused on early stage startups in the enterprise technology and consumer sectors. 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 security company. At Coverity, Ben initially served as COO building the support and services organization and then as CTO defining product strategy and serving as the company’s thought leader for press and analyst responsibilities. Coverity was acquired by Synopsys in 2014. Ben has invested in multiple startups and also co-founded The Story Locker, a company that combines Pixar’s story-creation process with an innovative technology platform to disrupt traditional media. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Kim and dog Leila.