Mary Jane Elmore
Former General Partner and Present Consultant, Institutional Venture Partners;
Member, Sand Hill Angels
Palo Alto, CA
Mary Jane (MJ) Elmore was one of the first women partners in the West Coast venture capital community. She began her career in Silicon Valley working for Intel Corporation in marketing. MJ was part of a small team of professionals across all divisions of Intel that worked closely with the sales force to achieve market leadership of Intel microprocessors in the early 1980s.
After earning her MBA at Stanford, she joined the venture capital firm of Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Menlo Park, CA in 1982 and was made a General Partner in 1983. At IVP, MJ focused on investments in the fields of software, communications and computer-aided engineering. She served as a general partner in eight IVP funds and on the Board of Directors of numerous private and public information technology companies.
MJ has been an investor in early stage start-up companies as well as in companies that are raising expansion capital. Currently she is an advisor to the IVP funds and a private angel investor and a member of the Sand Hill Angels. As an independent angel investor, MJ now looks to back people and ideas that intersect with her personal passions of art, music, fashion, travel, food and social media.