Ellen ChisaSomerville, Massachusetts, United States, United States
Ellen is Founder in Residence at boldstart Ventures. She joined the boldstart team in January 2021, after having worked with the team as a founder at Dark. Her role allows her to do exactly what she loves – some investing and hands-on support for founders building pre-product, dev-focused, enterprise companies. Prior to boldstart and founding Dark, she worked at Blade as an EIR, seeding the work for what became Lola. She also worked on backer-facing projects at Kickstarter and on the first versions of Office for non-Microsoft phone platforms. The common thread is building tools that help people to do creative work. Ellen has an a M.B.A from Harvard Business School, and a B.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. She grew up in Rochester Hills, MI, but now lives in Somerville, MA with her husband and her cat, Gutenberg.
boldstart ventures
Jan 2021 - Current
Working with engineers before and while they start their companies, esp. on product and developer communities.
Angel Investor
Jan 2017 - Current
HumanFirst, GraphCDN, Skydio, Drafted (Upwork), and Pinch (Chime), and many more unannounced.
CEO & Co-Founder
Apr 2017 - Jun 2020
Co-founder and CEO of Dark, a programming language coupled to its editor and infrastructure. Launched first product and onboarded all original users, grew team to 10, raised $5.5M in capital.
#rev2 Participant
Rev Boston
Oct 2016 - Oct 2016
Flybridge Capital Partners
Aug 2016 - Aug 2018
VP Product
Apr 2015 - May 2017
Olin College of Engineering
Jan 2015 - Dec 2016
Fall 2016: Teaching Human Factors and Interface Design w/ Amon Miller. Spring 2015: Designed and taught an alumni seminar on Product Management. Full syllabus and curriculum available: http://blog.ellenchisa.com/2015/02/05/pmolin-syllabus/
General Assembly
May 2014 - 2016
Taught the 10 week Product Management course and periodically teach Product Management Bootcamp. https://generalassemb.ly/education/product-management https://generalassemb.ly/education/product-management-bootcamp
Product Manager
Dec 2012 - Jun 2014
Global Shaper
Global Shapers Community
Mar 2012 - Feb 2014
Awesome Seattle
Jul 2011 - Dec 2012
Organized over 30 individuals to give monthly grants to Awesome ideas in Seattle. Coordinated publicity materials and events, and connected multiple Seattle related philanthropy organizations.
Program Manager
Jul 2010 - Sep 2012
Program Manager for the Office Hub on Windows Phone 8. Previously, Program Manager on the Microsoft Apps for Symbian: http://conversations.nokia.com/2012/04/10/get-microsoft-office-for-symbian/ Determined user requirements and scenarios. Created user flows. Created low fidelity mockups for the experience. Generated requirements list and software backlog. Led scrum and triage sessions.
Program Manager Intern, PowerPoint
May 2009 - Aug 2009
Drove requirements, designed and wrote a specification for a subtitling add-in for PowerPoint. Available here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-help/sub-titling-text-add-in-for-microsoft-powerpoint-stamp-HA102540315.aspx
Alight Learning
Aug 2008 - Jan 2010
Started Alight Learning with five others to create collaborative learning software for middle schools. Led user research to determine feature set. Created mock ups. Released alpha product to three private schools.
Software Test Intern
Bose Corporation
Apr 2008 - Aug 2008
Developed an executed automatic and manual software tests for Bose home entertainment systems. Developed an intern program to help expose software test interns to other parts of the business, notably software development and usability testing.
International Academy
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Electrical and Computer Engineering
Harvard Business School
University of Washington
Human Centered Design and Engineering
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