Benchmark’s Peter Fenton just won the award for VC of the Year at the Crunchies.
Fenton is probably best-known for backing and continuing to serve on the board of Twitter, which went public last year. He’s also an investor/board member at Yelp, New Relic, Hortonworks, Zuora, and Polyvore, among others. (If that didn’t keep him busy enough, he also serves as a board member for the San Francisco Opera and the California Academy of Sciences.)
Last year saw the launch of Quip, a mobile word processor backed by Fenton, as well as Benchmark’s investment in A/B testing service Optimizely, with Fenton joining the board.
I’ve embedded a video of Fenton talking about his investment strategy backstage at our Disrupt Europe conference below.
The award was presented by GitHub co-founder Tom Preston-Werner and Gigaom senior writer Derrick Harris. Also nominated were Jim Goetz from Sequoia Capital, Reid Hoffman from Greylock Partners, Bill Maris from Google Ventures, and Bijan Sabet from Spark Capital.