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Benchmark’s New General Partner Sarah Tavel

The partners at Benchmark are excited to announce that Sarah Tavel has joined the firm as our newest General Partner. We define ourselves by a love …

On the Road to Recap:

Why the Unicorn Financing Market Just Became Dangerous…For All InvolvedIn February of last year, Fortune magazine writers Erin Griffith and Dan …

Venture Capital

Benchmark’s New General Partner: Scott Belsky

The partners at Benchmark are delighted to announce that Scott Belsky has joined the firm as our newest general partner. It is rare for us to …

In Defense of the Deck

My partners and I have noticed an interesting trend over the past few years: an increase in the number of entrepreneurs who prefer to pitch us …

Storytelling

…Be Like Dave

Like many of those that had the distinct pleasure of knowing Dave “Goldie” Goldberg, I was shocked and in disbelief when I received the tragic news …

Investors Beware: Today’s $100M+ Late-stage Private Rounds Are Very Different from an IPO

<i>[An edited version of the following blog post originally appeared in a modified form in the pages of the weekend edition of the Financial Times last</i> …

Venture Capital

Uber’s New BHAG: UberPool

In their seminal 1994 book <i>Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies</i>, Jim Collins and Jerry Poras coined the term BHAG (pronounced …

Uber

Meet Benchmark’s New Partner: Eric Vishria

Today Benchmark announced that Eric Vishria has joined us as a General Partner. Eric is one of the up-and-coming stars in the technology industry, …

How to Miss By a Mile: An Alternative Look at Uber’s Potential Market Size

On June 18, Aswath Damodaran, a finance professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, published an article on FiveThirtyEight titled “Uber Isn’t Worth …

Uber

Welcoming Jason Kilar, Richard Tom and the Vessel team to the Benchmark family

Today Benchmark is excited to announce that we will be partners with Jason Kilar and Richard Tom on their next exciting project — Vessel. Working …

Disrupting Finance From Above: Wealthfront

Many entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley believe that the financial services industry in the United States is “ripe for disruption.” The basis of this …

FinTech

HackerOne: A Superior Solution for Solving Web Vulnerabilities

In early April, Neel Mehta of Google first publicly reported the web vulnerability that we now refer to as the Heartbleed bug. Early analysis …

A Deeper Look at Uber’s Dynamic Pricing Model

Over the course of the past year, many writers have offered their perspectives on Uber’s dynamic pricing strategy. Perhaps the only consistency is …

Uber

On Bubbles …

Over the past few months, many journalists have begun to ask the question that no one really wants to hear; “Is Silicon Valley in another technology …

Stitch Fix: Reinventing Retail Through Personalization

Early this year Amie Fineberg, who has been my amazing assistant for over 10 years, mentioned that she and several other employees at Benchmark had …

Trends

Conversion: The Most Important Internet Metric of All (Revisited)

Over 13 years ago, in March of 2000, I wrote a blog post titled “The Most Powerful Internet Metric of All.” The key thesis was this: if an Internet …

Analytics