Ellen Pao joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005. Her primary areas of focus are consumer and enterprise application and services platforms. She believes cloud infrastructure, ad and application platforms, and iterative development are enabling new levels of innovation. She also worked closely with KPCB China as a founding member of its investment committee. She is a director on the boards of Lehigh Technologies and Flipboard, Inc.
Prior to KPCB, Ellen held various operating roles at BEA Systems, including head of business development for products, site manager for new mobile products, and lead for new engineering efforts in India. She also served in corporate development, leading strategic projects for the CEO and M&A transactions. Prior to BEA, Ellen focused on business development and closed technology licensing deals for Tellme Networks as one of its first 20 employees and for Microsoft's WebTV division. She also served as a consultant at MyCFO and at Danger Research, where she headed the Sidekick's first marketing requirements efforts.
Before entering the tech field, Ellen was a corporate attorney for Cravath, Swaine & Moore in both its New York City and Hong Kong offices, working on deals across the Philippines, Singapore and Greater China. She provided guidance on high-yield debt offerings, M&A transactions, aircraft financings, and pro bono projects for Habitat for Humanity and Covenant House.
Ellen holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a certificate from the Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She also serves on the board of the Apollo Alliance and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.