Elliot M. Katzman
Elliot Katzman is a general partner of Commonwealth Capital Ventures. Elliot has more than 25 years of high-technology experience and has been instrumental as a venture backer, founder, and hired executive in building some of New England’s most successful software companies. He focuses his investment activity in software, internet-related and new media companies. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Elliot was a general partner at Kodiak Venture Partners where he served on the boards of companies like Watchfire, Newforma and Spaceclaim.
Before becoming a venture capitalist, Elliot spent more than 20 years as a senior operating executive building four highly successful software companies. He founded and led Myteam.com, a direct marketing/new media company now part of the Active Network, where until recently, he served on the board of directors. Prior to Myteam.com, he was Senior VP and CFO at SolidWorks, where he led the merger with Dassault Systemes. As CFO of Atria Software, he led an IPO and a $1 billion merger with Pure Software, the largest software merger of its time. Earlier, Elliot served as CFO of Epoch Systems, where he had senior operational responsibilities and managed the company's merger with EMC. He was also an executive with Prime Computer during its significant growth phase in the mid-1980s.
Elliot really enjoys partnering with strong management teams, helping to provide leverage in areas like strategy, business model optimization, and strategic business development. In addition, Elliot has extensive experience working with first time CEOs. Elliot has been a senior executive or board member of over 20 early stage companies – 18 of which included first time CEOs.
Elliot holds a BSBA summa cum laude from Salem State College. He is also involved in a variety of community activities including the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Prep High School and the Board of Fellows for Trinity College.
Selected Prior Investments
- Vela Systems
- Watchfire (Acquired by IBM)
- Epicon (Acquired by Nortel)
- Active Network (Successor to MyTeam) - IPO