Lead Managing Partner
Kelly Porter advises software and internet services companies on M&A and strategic financing transactions. He has participated in dozens of transactions, including financings, acquisitions and IPO’s. He is also the organizer of MASiV: The M&A Silicon Valley Gathering, the most exclusive conference of top corporate development executives from the largest internet, software, mobile, technology and entertainment companies, held every January. Kelly is also the producer of the hit YouTube series: “The Two-Minute M&A Advisor”.
Prior to Woodside Capital Partners, Kelly was Managing Partner of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, ZAP Ventures, where he invested in 22 companies. Prior to ZAP Ventures, he held positions as Chairman and CEO of CatchTV, an interactive TV software firm (acquired by Liberty Media/ACTV); Executive Vice President of InterActive Corp/HSN-Home Shopping Network; Vice President of Fox Cable Networks in Los Angeles; Media Planner at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising; and Director of Business Development at Seltel, an TV station ad sales network.
Kelly is a native of Palo Alto, CA, earned a Masters as a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and is former Co-Chairman of Silicon Valley Social Ventures / SV2. He is a Fellow in Class 33 of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley.
Kelly’s Thought Leadership
WCP Proudly Releases The Top Acquirers in Artificial Intelligence Report
WCP is proud to share The Top Acquirers in Artificial Intelligence Report by our Managing Partner and Managing Director, Kelly Porter.