Founder & CEO of Living Stones Foundation
Ken Eldred is an investor and founder/CEO of Living Stones Foundation. He has founded numerous successful companies, including Ariba Technologies, Inc. (now SAP Ariba). Ariba was the first Internet business-to-business company to go public and was valued as high as $40 billion. He also founded and ran Inmac, the first direct-mail computer products company, which went public in 1987 and later merged with MicroWarehouse.
Internationally, Ken is co-founder and director of Epicenter Technologies, a call center based in India with over 1,500 employees. He was also an early investor in Wumart, now China’s largest indigenous retailer, and Anapass, a South Korean chip company public on KOSDAQ. Ken was named Silicon Valley “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1988.
He served on the Board of Advisors for Crosspoint Venture Partners, named by Forbes as the most successful venture firm for three years in a row. Ken was also a member of President George W. Bush’s IT Advisory Committee and Commerce Department Transition Committee.
Recently, he spent five years on the board of Dr. Dobson’s “Family Talk,” helping start and direct that new ministry. Currently, Ken Eldred focuses his efforts primarily on non-profit projects via Living Stones Foundation and Living Rock Foundation, two charitable entities he endowed, as well as a number of start-up ventures. He is Chairman of United in Purpose, an organization dedicated to seeing renewal in America.
Ken is also working on the growth and development of a number of innovative companies in the fields of social media and technology. Ken was profiled in Executive Influence by Christopher Crane and Mike Hamel, and he is co-editor of On Kingdom Business: Transforming the Missions Through Entrepreneurial Strategies (Crossway Books, 2003), which earned a coveted Christianity Today Book Award.
He is the author of God Is at Work: Transforming People and Nations Through Business (Regal Books, 2005), named the top book by the Business as Mission Network and now is translated into seven languages, as well as The Integrated Life: Experience the Powerful Advantage of Integrating Your Faith and Work (Manna Ventures, 2010), which is used at a number of universities as a text.
He speaks at Christian business meetings and has been interviewed on CBN, Family Talk, and other radio programs. Ken spent time as a visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute. He holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford, as well as a Doctor of Laws from Belhaven University. He and his wife, Roberta have been married since 1971.