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Founded in 1995, Benchmark Capital is an early-stage venture firm that's based on the principles of teamwork and an intense dedication to building technology companies of lasting value. We provide superior service to entrepreneurs through a unique, team-oriented partnership in which every full-time general partner is equal in terms of both contribution and compensation.
This team approach not only makes it more fun for us to come to work every day, but more importantly, it benefits our portfolio companies. Instead of competing for resources, we share ideas, contacts, resources—whatever's needed to get the job done and help our portfolio companies succeed.
Our focus on teamwork combined with our deep experience in company-building have attracted the industry's top entrepreneurs, including Jeff Hawkins, Keith Krach, Martin Mickos, Philip Rosedale, Jagdeep Singh, Meg Whitman, and Bob Young.
The firm's strategy is to be the first investor in technology-driven companies that seek to create new markets and have significant growth potential. The firm focuses on early-stage investing and takes a labor-intensive, service-oriented approach in markets where partners have direct experience.
Benchmark invests in technology-driven companies in the areas of enterprise software and services, communications & security, semiconductors, mobile computing, consumer services and financial services.
Bill Gurley joined Benchmark Capital in 1999 after spending two years as a partner with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.
Before entering the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst, including three years at CS First Boston focusing on personal computer hardware and software. His research coverage included such companies as Dell, Compaq, and Microsoft, and he was the lead analyst on the Amazon IPO. In both 1995 and 1996, Bill was a member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team.
Prior to his investment career, Bill was a design engineer at Compaq Computer, where he worked on products such as the 486/50 and Compaq’s first multi-processor server. Before Compaq, he served in the technical marketing group of Advanced Micro Devices’ embedded processor division.
For the past twelve years, Bill has authored the Above the Crowd newsletter which focuses on the evolution and economics of high technology businesses.
Current Investments: Linden Lab/SecondLife, LiveOps, Move Networks, Nanosolar, OpenTable, Red 5 Studios, Tropos Networks, VUDU, and Zillow.com.
Previous Investments: Avamar Technologies (acquired by EMC), Business.com (acquired by R.H. Donnelley), Crossgain (acquired by BEA Systems), Employease (acquired by ADP), JAMDAT (IPO: JMDT; acquired by Electronic Arts), Nordstrom.com (acquired by Nordstrom), Shopping.com (IPO: SHOP; acquired by eBay), and The Knot (IPO: KNOT).
Other Affiliations: Advisory board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.
Education: MBA from the University of Texas, 1993; and a BS in computer science from the University of Florida, 1989. Chartered Financial Analyst.
||Linden Lab was founded in 1999 by Philip Rosedale to create a revolutionary new form of shared experience known as Second Life®. Second Life is a 3D virtual world created by its Residents (people like you) that's bursting with entertainment, experiences, and opportunity.|
||Move Networks is the first company to provide both content owners and distributors with a comprehensive solution for delivering and monetizing a true television experience on the Internet.|
||Ruba.com is a community who is passionate about finding and sharing the greatest travel destinations worldwide. At Ruba, we celebrate local culture and the people like you who make it unique.|
||Tropos Networks is the market leader in wireless broadband networks enabling customers to own and control an IP foundation for deploying applications and services that create greener, safer, smarter communities. |
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