Ken Elefant joined Sorenson Ventures in 2017 and leads the firm's early-stage technology practice. Prior to Sorenson, Ken spent more than 18 years in Silicon Valley at leading venture capital firms and over 6 years in operational roles at technology companies. Ken enjoys working closely with entrepreneurs to help them attack new market opportunities and gain access to key initial customers and partners. His efforts have led to recognition as one of the most connected names in tech. Before joining Sorenson, Ken was Managing Director at Intel Capital and VP at Intel Corporation. Leading the software and security groups at Intel Capital, Ken invested in several market-leading companies including AtHoc (Blackberry), Prolexic (Akamai), DocuSign, Forescout, AlienVault (AT&T), Venafi, Vectra Networks, Gigya (SAP), BrightEdge, among many others. Prior to Intel Capital, Ken was a founding general partner at Opus Capital. While at Opus, he served on the boards of Spock Networks (Intelius), Transpond (Webtrends), Supersecret (Knowledge Adventure), Alert Enterprise, Jivox, and TrustedID (Equifax). Previously, Ken was a Senior Associate at both Lightspeed Venture Partners and Battery Ventures. Before business school, Ken worked at Radius, Claris Corporation (the software subsidiary of Apple), and RealNetworks, where he held various sales, marketing, finance, and business development positions. Ken received an MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the Wharton School of Business. He is a Kauffman Fellow.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Ken holds a BS in economics from the Wharton undergraduate division at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
A member of Fellows Class 5, Ken completed his fellowship at Battery Ventures under mentor Tom Crotty. He has served as a mentor to Marlon Nichols (Class 18), Vijay Reddy (Class 21), Srini Ananth (Class 23) and Suman Natarajan (Class 25).