About the Author
Elton is an internationally recognized expert on startups, energy and venture investing:
• Negotiated over 20 venture investments for Motorola and Ridgewood Capital
• Guest lecturer at Stanford University and the University of San Francisco
• Author of “The Silicon Valley Way” and “Addicted to Energy”
• Holds 8 patents
Currently, Elton assists companies refine their Silicon Valley strategies.
In 2010 he authored Addicted to Energy – A Venture Capitalist’s Perspective on How to Save our Economy and Our Climate.
Elton’s first book, The Silicon Valley Way is used by entrepreneurs and university programs around the world. He is an occasional guest speaker at Stanford University on energy policy and entrepreneurship.
A UC Berkeley graduate in Political Science, he holds eight patents and has served on the board of directors of over a dozen companies. Elton was on the board of Peregrine Semiconductor (NASDAQ: PSMI), prior to its acquisition by Murata. Elton is also on four advisory boards: DrillMap, Proxio, Zyante and Teach Me 2 (South Africa).
Entrepreneurs and executives from around the world consult with Elton for advice on business planning, strategy and marketing. He also has a unique ability to apply business principles to complex public policy and non-profit issues.
Prior to co-founding The Carbon Zero Institute and Sherwin Advisors, Elton worked for 15 years as a venture capitalist.
Elton lives in Menlo Park, California with his wife Katharine and is frequently seen biking in Palo Alto and Menlo Park.