Bill Elkus conceived the Clearstone Venture Partners concept in 1997 and has been a Managing Member of its General Partners since their inception.

His current board memberships and observer roles include Cooking.com and WeddingChannel.com. Prior board memberships or observer roles include United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD) and Overture (acquired by Yahoo! in 2003). Along with Jim Armstong, he represented Clearstone's interests in PayPal.com (acquired by eBay in 2002). From 1995 through its sale in 2000, Bill was on the Board of Directors of the Chronicle Publishing Company (The San Francisco Chronicle and KRON television).

Bill is a graduate of Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) and MIT, where he earned a SM in Management from Sloan School of Management and a SB in Mathematics. Bill began his career at the Boston Consulting Group in 1977 with five years as a strategic planning consultant in a wide variety of industries, including semiconductors, magnetic recording media, and publications databases.

In 1982, Bill founded Nathan Todd & Company, an investment advisory firm which specialized in providing wealth management services and in representing private family fortunes. During the period of his full-time involvement at Nathan Todd (1982-1993), he was active in several aspects of venture capital, including investments in traditional funds, co-investments with those funds, and direct venture investments. Examples include Bridge Communications, Network Equipment Technologies, Merrill Pickard Anderson & Eyre, Narragansett First Fund, R. W. Allsop, and Venad. He also co-founded five independently managed investment partnerships in the areas of securities trading, real estate and merchant banking.

In addition to his work at Nathan Todd & Company, from 1994 through 1997, Bill was the co-founder and a Managing Director of a boutique Los Angeles merchant bank affiliated with Jefferies & Company, Inc.


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