Ellen Chisa

Ellen Chisa

Founder in Residence

He says the best way out is always through.
And I agree to that, or in so far
As that I can see no way out but through.

Robert Frost

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.

Fun boldstart story:

On her first ever call with Eliot, her husband locked himself out of their house and left his phone inside. He rang the doorbell repeatedly while she continued texting his phone “PLEASE ANSWER THE DOOR I AM TALKING TO AN INVESTOR AND IT WON’T STOP RINGING.”

Fun facts:

Favorite food: I love all foods and beverages.
Favorite arcade game: I love Tetris, Threes, and Geometry Wars.
Favorite cartoon character: I don’t really like TV very much
Favorite music: and I can’t listen to music while working so I listen to very little of it (honestly just Taylor Swift on repeat).
Favorite emoji: My favorite Emoji is the llama 🦙 because it made it possible to type the entire llama llama duck song in emojis as long as you’re willing to pretend the broom is a rake. 💊 🧱 🥔