I'm a Tech Entrepreneur Turned VC Investor and Co-Founder of Fifty Years, a seed-stage VC firm. – Ela MadejFeatured
Hi Elpha!I'm Ela Madej (“mah-dey”), a tech entrepreneur turned VC investor. Four years ago I co-founded Fifty Years, a seed-stage VC firm based in San Francisco backing founders using technology to solve the world’s biggest problems. I love food tech and technologies that can help positively impact wellbeing. I have started my first software company when I was 21 and it became one of the largest Ruby on Rails development shops in Europe. I also co-founded a sales platform called Base CRM (acquired by Zendesk in 2018) and ran a few large events for software developers in Europe. I am a Y Combinator alum (S12) and was a partner at SaaS focused VC firm before starting Fifty Years.I am a Vipassana meditator, skier, diver, and I love contemporary dance. I am also a food lead at a sustainability-themed Burning Man camp, Hotel California. Ask me anything about raising capital, starting a VC firm, transitioning from a founder/CEO to an investor, managing stress levels while pursuing hard things, Burning Man, plant-based diet, Y Combinator, or something else!