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  • Benchmark’s Matt Cohler: Ads On Mobile Will Be Better Than On The Web, More Like TV

    Benchmark’s Matt Cohler: Ads On Mobile Will Be Better Than On The Web, More Like TV

    Mobile looks like a threat to the growth of Facebook’s profits, because advertisers aren’t spending much and users aren’t enjoying the experience. But Matt Cohler, thinks that mobile ads are going to be huge, “bigger than the web.” Formerly a Facebook executive and now a general partner with Benchmark Capital, he compares the mobile ad experience to… Read More

  • Benchmark’s Matt Cohler: No New Investments In 2012

    Benchmark’s Matt Cohler: No New Investments In 2012

    TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington sat down with Benchmark Capital’s Matt Cohler this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt SF to discuss the state of tech investing. One of the first questions Arrington asked was about Cohler’s own startup investments, and specifically whether or not he had invested in any new companies this year. As it turns out, he has not – but it… Read More

  • Twitter, Yelp Board Member Peter Fenton On How Enterprise Is Learning From The Consumer Web

    Twitter, Yelp Board Member Peter Fenton On How Enterprise Is Learning From The Consumer Web

    Peter Fenton joined Benchmark Capital in 2006, after spending seven years as a partner at Accel. Not yet 40, Fenton already sits on the board of directors at companies like New Relic, Polyvore, Twitter, Yelp, and Zendesk. Starting at Accel in his late twenties, the young investor focused his attention on the enterprise — on backing smart software and infrastructure companies. In 2009… Read More

  • With $25M From Benchmark And Larry Summers Advising, Can Minerva Build An Online Ivy?

    With $25M From Benchmark And Larry Summers Advising, Can Minerva Build An Online Ivy?

    Well, we’ve said it before: Technology is changing education. It’s flipping the classroom, bringing instructional videos to the masses, and dragging online higher education into legitimacy. Investors have begun to hear the call, as was evidenced today when Benchmark Capital made its largest seed investment to date — $25 million — in a startup/university called The… Read More

  • The Hong Kong Firm Behind Those Quirky Animated News Shorts Bets $5M On Red Robot Labs

    The Hong Kong Firm Behind Those Quirky Animated News Shorts Bets $5M On Red Robot Labs

    The Yakuza, Chinese Triads and more. There’s just so many more mafias for Benchmark-backed mobile gaming studio Red Robot Labs to infiltrate. So the gaming company, which has made a huge bet on location, said it’s partnering with Next Media to enter Asian markets. (Yes, Next Media is the Hong Kong-based owner of that Taiwanese animation subsidiary that’s become infamous for… Read More

  • Twitter, There’s Nothing Wrong With Being A Social Network

    Twitter, There’s Nothing Wrong With Being A Social Network

    I just finished reading an interesting blog post by venture capitalist Bill Gurley about Twitter, a portfolio company of his firm Benchmark Capital. In it, he argues that there’s a misperception about Twitter in that people keep regarding it as a social network and pitting it against Facebook. Gurley makes some good points, albeit ones that have been made in the past, about Twitter being… Read More

  • Former Salesforce CTO Craig Weissman Joins Benchmark As EIR; Will Focus On Big Data Opportunities

    Former Salesforce CTO Craig Weissman Joins Benchmark As EIR; Will Focus On Big Data Opportunities

    After Accel nabbed Salesforce exec and Chatter creator Chuck Ganapathi as EIR a few months ago, another Salesforce exec is heading to the venture world. Craig Weissman, Salesforce’s former CTO, is joining Benchmark Capital as its latest Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Weissman, whose focus on Benchmark will be in the enterprise and big data space, has been working in enterprise software for… Read More

  • CouchSurfing Raises $7.6 M; Will Users Cry “Sell Out”?

    CouchSurfing Raises $7.6 M; Will Users Cry “Sell Out”?

    CouchSurfing International is one of those rare Web companies– like Mozilla or Craigslist– that has eschewed the normal Silicon Valley values of growth, greed and venture capital. It’s one of those startups that uses the word “community” to mean people that have lasting, real-world connections to one another, not just the new industry jargon for… Read More

  • Series A Whopper: Benchmark Invests $33M in New BI Company Domo

    Series A Whopper: Benchmark Invests $33M in New BI Company Domo

    A new software as a service company Domo is formally launching tonight at a party in Salt Lake City. I have no idea how opulent or bare-bones this party will be, but theoretically the company would have plenty to spend on drinks, T-shirts and canapes. It just raised a massive $33 million series A from Benchmark Capital. Actually, counting the angel investments that were closed earlier but… Read More

  • Benchmark Capital's Stand: We Will Never Do a Seed or Late Stage Fund

    Benchmark Capital's Stand: We Will Never Do a Seed or Late Stage Fund

    Editor’s Note: This is part two in an in-depth series exploring the ramifications of the explosion of late stage capital being raised by the Valley’s elite venture firms. For part one, go here. In the mid-2000s when nearly every top venture capital firm was expanding to India and China, Benchmark Capital did not share its peers’ worldly ambitions. In fact, while the firm… Read More

  • By The Time US Gaming Giants Figure Out Tencent's Playbook It May Be Too Late

    If you blinked you might have missed last Friday’s news that Chinese Web giant Tencent is buying LA-based Riot Games. And that’s just fine by Tencent. Tencent and its founder Pony Ma (seen in a sea of winking penguins to your left) are incredibly press-shy, as everything about the way the deal “leaked” demonstrates. It came late on a Friday before the Superbowl, it… Read More