Benchmark

San Francisco, California
Benchmark invests in and works alongside entrepreneurs building startups into transformational companies. They focus on early-stage venture investing in mobile, marketplaces, social, and infrastructure and enterprise software. Founded in 1995, the firm has offices in Woodside and San Francisco, California. The firm has been recognized for itscommitment to open source and is noted for creating the first equal ownership and compensation structure for its partners. The six equal general partners who take board seats and a hands-on approach to every entrepreneur and company they back, with no junior investment staff. Current general partners are Matt Cohler, Peter Fenton, Bill Gurley, Mitch Lasky, Eric Vishria, and Scott Belsky. Benchmark has had 37 exits since beginning of 2011; 14 IPOs and 23 M&As representing a total market value of more than $60 billion. Benchmark’s current portfolio of early-stage venture investments includes private market leaders such as Uber, Snapchat, Tinder, Stitch Fix, Elastic and Cyanogen; recent IPOs and acquisitions such as Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, League of Legends, Jasper, OpenTable, New Relic, Hortonworks, GrubHub, Zendesk and Zillow; and franchise companies from Juniper to eBay to Red Hat.
Founded:1995
Firm Location:San Francisco, California • Detroit, Michigan • Redwood City, California • Palo Alto, California • South San Francisco, California • Cupertino, California • Menlo Park, California • Atherton • San Francisco Bay Area
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Benchmark Team
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Alex Balkanski
Benchmark·General Partner
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $1M - $15.0M
Investors in San Francisco (CA), Investors in Woodside (CA)
Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Payments, Investors in Payments, Investors in San Francisco Bay Area (Other Lists), Investors in Social Networks, Investors in Social Networks
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Jason Droege
Benchmark·Venture Partner
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $1M - $15.0M
Investors in San Francisco (CA)
Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in San Francisco Bay Area (Other Lists)
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Bruce Dunlevie
Benchmark·General Partner
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $1M - $15.0M
Investors in SF Bay Area (CA)
Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Local Services, Investors in Local Services, Investors in Social Commerce, Investors in Social Commerce, Investors in Social Networks, Investors in Social Networks
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Peter Fenton
Benchmark·General Partner
Sweet spot: $4.0M
Range: $2.0M - $20.0M
Investors in SF Bay Area (CA)
Investors in BioTech, Investors in BioTech, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Media/Content, Investors in Media/Content, Investors in San Francisco Bay Area (Other Lists)
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Miles Grimshaw
Benchmark·General Partner
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $100K - $15.0M
Investors in New York (NY), Investors in SF Bay Area (CA)
Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in San Francisco Bay Area (Other Lists), Investors in Social Networks, Investors in Social Networks
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Bill Gurley
Benchmark·General Partner
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $1M - $15.0M
Investors in SF Bay Area (CA)
Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in San Francisco Bay Area (Other Lists), Investors in Social Networks, Investors in Social Networks
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Kevin Harvey
Benchmark·General Partner
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $1M - $15.0M
Investors in SF Bay Area (CA)
Investors in BioTech, Investors in BioTech, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in SaaS, Investors in SaaS, Investors in San Francisco Bay Area (Other Lists), Investors in Social Commerce, Investors in Social Commerce, Investors in Social Networks, Investors in Social Networks
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Bob Kagle
Benchmark·General Partner
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $1M - $15.0M
Investors in SF Bay Area (CA)
Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Local Services, Investors in Local Services, Investors in San Francisco Bay Area (Other Lists), Investors in Social Commerce, Investors in Social Commerce, Investors in Social Networks, Investors in Social Networks
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Mitch Lasky
Benchmark·General Partner
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $1M - $15.0M
Investors in Woodside (CA), Investors in San Francisco (CA)
Investors in BioTech, Investors in BioTech, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Media/Content, Investors in Media/Content, Investors in SaaS, Investors in SaaS
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Arad Naveh
Benchmark·Partner
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $1M - $15.0M
Investors in Cupertino (CA)
Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Media/Content, Investors in Media/Content, Investors in San Francisco Bay Area (Other Lists)
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Chetan Puttagunta
Benchmark·General Partner
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $1M - $15.0M
Investors in Menlo Park (CA)
Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in SaaS, Investors in SaaS, Investors in San Francisco Bay Area (Other Lists), Investors in SMB Software, Investors in SMB Software, Investors in Social Networks, Investors in Social Networks
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Blake Robbins
Benchmark·Principal
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $1M - $15.0M
Investors in Detroit (MI)
Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Enterprise Applications, Investors in Enterprise Applications, Investors in Hardware, Investors in Hardware, Investors in Logistics, Investors in Logistics, Investors in Midwest (Other Lists)
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Steven Spurlock
Benchmark·Partner
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $1M - $15.0M
Investors in Woodside (CA), Investors in San Francisco (CA)
Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in San Francisco Bay Area (Other Lists), Investors in Social Networks, Investors in Social Networks
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Sarah Tavel
Benchmark·General Partner
Sweet spot: $10.0M
Range: $50K - $30.0M
Investors in San Francisco (CA), Investors in Los Angeles (CA), Investors in Toronto (Ontario), Investors in Vancouver (WA), Investors in New York (NY), Investors in Seattle (WA)
Investors in Advertising, Investors in Advertising, Investors in Consumer Health, Investors in Consumer Health, Investors in Developer Tools, Investors in Developer Tools, Investors in Diverse Investors (Other Lists), Investors in E-commerce, Investors in E-commerce, Investors in FinTech, Investors in FinTech, Investors in IoT, Investors in IoT, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Retail, Investors in Retail, Investors in San Francisco Bay Area (Other Lists), Investors in Social Commerce, Investors in Social Commerce, Investors in Social Networks, Investors in Social Networks
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Eric Vishria
Benchmark·General Partner
Sweet spot: $8.0M
Range: $1M - $15.0M
Investors in SF Bay Area (CA)
Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Cloud Infrastructure, Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Consumer Internet, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Enterprise, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in Marketplaces, Investors in SaaS, Investors in SaaS, Investors in San Francisco Bay Area (Other Lists), Investors in Social Networks, Investors in Social Networks