“Sustainability is the biggest challenge we are facing.” Eric Berman has spent much of the past twenty years at Microsoft and Expedia. Since leaving Expedia, he has turned his attention to Cleantech and has made ten investments with Element 8 over the past 6 years.
For many years, Eric served as the Chair of Element’s Screen and Due Diligence process, bringing a rigor to the process, as well as drawing in and helping to educate members who were new to angel investing. Eric became Co-Chair of Element 8 in September 2015.
Eric runs MyFlightbook.com, a service for pilots to track their hours. He spends much of his time volunteering with environment- and education-oriented non-profits. He is Vice-Chair for Seattle-based Zeno, a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a national council member for the World Wildlife Fund, a partner at Social Venture Partners and a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight West. Eric has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from MIT and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.
“I believe that sustainability is the biggest challenge we are facing. With Element 8 I can learn about lots of different companies in a huge variety of areas, and when I see one I believe in I can help them to succeed. I’m a tech geek, not a finance/investing person, so working with other members on due diligence is an incredibly rewarding way to move into this space.”