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Eliot Durbin

boldstart ventures

Passionate & chronically curious early stage investor. Eliot is a early stage technology investor @ BOLDstart Ventures in NYC. His investments include; GoInstant (acq. Salesforce.com), Rapportive (acquired by LinkedIn), SpinBack (acquired by Buddy Media), Blaze.io (acquired by Akamai), Look.io (acquired by LivePerson), Enterproid, IndieGoGo, LocalResponse, Klout, ThinkNear (acquired by TelNav), YieldMo, Anchor Intelligence (sold to Comscore), YourKarma, PlainVanilla, ShowMe, Yipit, Playhaven, and also invested in Numberfire, Roqbot, TechStars (NYC), & Amplify.LA. Prior to BOLDstart, Eliot cofounded Penny Black in 2008; a private investment firm managing venture / PE investments for multiple family offices across multiple countries. He oversaw more than 300 transactions in 6 years and conducted business in South America, Middle East, China, and Europe. Eliot previously 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 downtown, NYC. Favorite Quote; ''The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in everything he does, leaving others to determine whether he is at work or at play. To him, he is always doing both.'' -- Zen Buddhist Text

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