Eliot Durbin, BOLDstart Ventures

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Eliot is General Partner @ BOLDstart Ventures, an early stage / seed investment firm focused on scalable b2b internet startups in NYC. He previoiusly co-founded Penny Black, a private venture-investment firm where he consummated hundreds of transactions both domestically and abroad.

Eliot’s investments include Anchor Intelligence (sold to Comscore), Spinback (acquired by Buddy Media), Playhaven, Blaze.io (acquired by Akamai), DoodleDeals (sold to PlumDistrict), Rapportive (acquired by LinkedIn), IndieGoGo, Yipit, Look.io (acquired by LivePerson), GoInstant (acquired by Salesforce), Karma, Klout, TrulyWireless, YHat, Ekso Bionics (OTCBB: EKSO) Handshake, Preact, Plain Vanilla Games (makers of Quizup), Divide (formerly Enterproid), Techstars (NYC), and Amplify.LA. He previously led investments and served as director at consumer product companies Bare Fruit & Sundia.

Prior to Penny Black, Eliot founded Templates.com, an online software retailer that was acquired 2002. He subsequently worked at the Permal Group, a multi-billion dollar global fund of hedge funds (acquired by Legg Mason in 2006).

Eliot is a graduate of Georgetown University with post-graduate study at Columbia University. He enjoys surfing and lives in NYC