Ellen Thompson

CEO & Co-Founder

Ellen has 18 years of experience conceptualizing, growing and managing multiple technology-based start-up companies.

Prior to founding 4 Walls, Ellen was the CEO and Founder of Know It All, a leading skills testing company, which she started in 1993 and was sold in 2000. Know It All was the recipient of two rounds of Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) funding, appeared twice in the Philadelphia 100 list of fastest growing companies and ranked 168th in the 1999 Fast 500 (Deloitte and Touche’s national ranking of the 500 fastest growing tech companies).

She was personally honored as one of Pennsylvania's Best Women in Business in 2007 and named to the 1997 Philadelphia 40 under 40 list which honors young, emerging leaders. Ellen recently made the Philadelphia 100 Hall of Fame which honors CEOs whole companies have appeared on the list of fastest growing companies in the Philadelphia region five times.

Ellen also performs due diligence reviews for potential Ben Franklin Technology Partners investments. An active member of the Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia, she currently is chair of the PAC committee, and on the Associates Council and Membership Committee. She was recognized as Vendor of the Year in 2005. She also writes a monthly article for “The Apts” magazine.

Ellen has a B. S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and son.