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Bill Elmore

Bill Elmore, General Partner

With a combination of venture and operating experience that cultivated a deep understanding about the challenges an organization faces on a daily basis, Bill founded Foundation Capital in 1995 with the purpose of helping entrepreneurs build strong organizations from the ground up. He has always operated on the belief that substantial, sustainable companies are the result of matching insight—whether about technology or market opportunity—with the right entrepreneur and management team.

Prior to Foundation, Bill spent eight years as a General Partner at Inman & Bowman. Previous roles include president of Visual Engineering, as well as a variety of marketing management positions, at Hewlett-Packard.

As former director and past president of the Western Association for Venture Capitalists, and past director of the National Venture Capital Association, Bill continues to be actively involved in defining, serving, and representing the interests of the venture capital and private equity industries. Equally passionate about his philanthropy work, Bill serves on the Advisory Council at Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a board member of the Eastside College Preparatory School.

Bill currently sits on the Board of Directors of Azure Power, Freewheel, Hotlink, Purfresh, SpringCM, Venafi, XMOS Semiconductor, and Zetta, and was previously on the boards of Atheros Communications (acquired by Qualcomm), Wind River Systems, Cloudshield (acquired by SAIC), Biz360 (acquired by Attensity), and TeaLeaf Technologies (acquired by IBM). Bill is also a board member of the Purdue Research Foundation.

Bill holds a BSEE and MSEE from Purdue University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Bill's assistant, Robyn Basso: rbasso@foundationcapital.com

Bill's Portfolio Highlights

Freewheel® manages the economics of content for the enterprise-class world of entertainment, offering technical infrastructure for … Learn More >
Venafi is the inventor of and market leader in Enterprise Key and Certificate Management (EKCM) solutions. Venafi delivered the first enterprise...Learn More >
XMOS Semiconductor enables consumer electronics manufacturers to add greater flexibility into their systems design and have it at a cost that…Learn More >