STUART ELLMAN^Founder of RRE Ventures
Since founding RRE Ventures with his close friend Jim Robinson IV in 1994, Stuart has been personally responsible for investing in over 40 technology companies at all stages of growth and across all sectors. He currently serves as a director of Bark & Co., Clearpath, Floored, Jibo, One Drop, and Payfone. Over the past 21 years, RRE has raised seven funds with over $1.5 billion under management and has invested in over 250 companies.
Prior to founding RRE, Stuart began his career at McKinsey and Company in Australia. He later worked at Dillon, Read & Co. as a Financial Analyst and at Morgan Stanley as an Associate. He also co-founded and served as Vice President of Advisory Capital Partners. Since 2002, Stuart has taught a popular Venture Capital Seminar to MBA candidates at Columbia Business School. He is a member of the investment board of Columbia’s Tamer Fund for Social Ventures, the New York City Investment Fund’s Innovation Council, the VC Advisory Group of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Economic Club of New York, and the NYC 2020 CEO Roundtable. Stuart also serves on the President’s Council for Wesleyan University and on the Board of The Browning School.
In addition to his professional work, Stuart Ellman is Chairman of the Board of 92Y where he served as President from 2012 to 2015. During his tenure, Stuart was instrumental in launching a number of philanthropic and entrepreneurial initiatives including #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving; 7 Days of Genius, a multi-platform, multi-venue festival of ideas; 92Y’s first MOOC, “How to Change the World,” offered in partnership with Wesleyan University; 92YOnDemand, a new content website with more than 103,000 followers; and an expanded partnership with NYCEDC to host the NYC Venture Fellows program, in which Stuart serves as a mentor to promising young entrepreneurs.
Stuart holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard University and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University where he was a Gilbert Clee Scholar and a Horace White Fellow. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Susan, two kids, and one spoiled black cat.