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Benchmark (venture capital)

Benchmark (venture capital)

Benchmark is an American venture capital firm invests in social, mobile, local and cloud companies.

Benchmark Capital is an early investor in Uber Technologies Inc., Snap Inc. and WeWork Cos.



Founded in 1995, Benchmark is a venture capital firm based in San Francisco, California. The firm prefers to invest in the software, communication, security, semiconductor, mobile, social, cloud computing, consumer service, financial services, internet retail, online service, infrastructure service, system software and optical device sectors.



Benchmark invests in and works alongside entrepreneurs building startups into transformational companies.



The firm has been committed to open source and created an 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. General partners include 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 mergers and acquisitions representing a total market value of more than $60 billion.

Timeline

April 2, 2009

Benchmark raises a $9,000,000 series B round from DAG Ventures.

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Cockroachs Labs is the New York based company behind Cockroach DB, an open source, distributed SQL database.

Nextdoor is a company providing a private communications platform for neighborhoods.It was founded in 2011 and is located in San Francisco, California. 

A company developing a cloud-based collaboration platform for professional teams to build software specific to their line of work or particular project. It was founded in 2013 and is located in San Francisco, California. 

Benchling is a company based in San Francisco focusing on life science collaboration, both private and public, through creating cloud based software tools for digital DNA sequence editing, designing and running experiments, analyzing data, and sharing research.

Asana provides a project management platform to organize and plan workflows.

Bugsnag is an error monitoring platform for mobile, server, and browser applications.

A cybersecurity company offering an application security platform for enterprises.

Good Eggs is an online grocery delivery service based in the Bay Area, offering fresh local produce, weeknight meal kits, everyday staples, and wine, beer, and spirits .

Discord is a company providing voice, video and text chat application designed for gamers.

Ambarella Inc. is a Santa Clara, California-based company.

Company that provides tools for Bitcoin analysis, compliance and investigation

Confluent is a company providing a streaming platform that enables enterprises to access data.

Ubiquity6 is a San Francisco-based company founded by Anjney Midha, Ankit Kumar and Michael Abbott.

Hipcamp is a San Francisco-based company.

Pachyderm is a company providing an open source analytics engine that uses Docker containers for distributed computations. It participated in the W15 cohort of Y Combinator.

Duffel is a company founded by Steve Domin, Vincent Pastor and Tom Bates.

Manticore Games is the developer and operator of CORE, a digital playground and community designed to unleash imagination and explore new play experiences.

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Alok Vasudev

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Andreas Ritter

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Avi Nudler

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Chris Morton

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Chris Tsakalakis

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Daniel Finnigan

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Daniel Hoffer

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Danielle Blumberg Ullner

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David Kaneda

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Edward Kinsey

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Eric Vishria

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Erica Alvarez

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Gus Fuldner

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Jagdish Kumar

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James Winters

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Jonathan Teo

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Julio Vasconcellos

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Karl Jacob

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Kris Fredrickson

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Kristi Appleby

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