Benchmark

Benchmark

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Headquarters Location

United States, San Francisco

About

Benchmark was established in 1995, and is a well known VC. The the headquarters of this VC is in San Francisco. The fund is located in United States, North America.

The fund generally invests in 13-24 deals every year. When Benchmark invests, the average start-up valuation is 500 millions - 1 billion dollars. Benchmark is involved in 3 percentage points less than the average amount of lead investments when compared with other funds. This fund was the most active in 2008. In addition, the fund was active in 2019. We recorded the biggest number of exits for this fund in 2018. In real terms, this VC performs 11 percentage points more exits than other funds. Deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars are most common for this fund.

Moreover, a start-up needs to be 4-5 years old to get investment from this fund. Uber, WeWork, Snap are among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund. The country of its foundation and the country of the most frequent investments for the fund coincides - United States. In addition to this location, the fund participated in 11 other locations. The fund has no specific requirements for the number of founders in a start-up. If the applying start-up has 5+ founders, it is very unlikely that funding will be awarded. Among the most popular investment industries for the fund are Apps, Cloud Computing. However, the fund’s focus is not limited to this, since there are 136 more areas of investment.

The fund typically invests in rounds with 4-5 participants. Aside from Benchmark, start-ups are often funded by Y Combinator, Venrock, RRE Ventures and 255 other funds. The fund often co-invests with Viola Ventures, RRE Ventures, General Catalyst, overall with 288 funds from our list. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually joined by Trinity Ventures, Spark Capital, Pinnacle Ventures, as well as 269 other investors.

This VC was founded by Bob Kagle, Kevin Harvey. We also identified another 10 core personnel in our database.

Year Founded

1995

Fund Activity

Operative

Mail Rule [rules by which you can get an email of an interesting for you fund employee, knowing only the name and surname of this employee]

Domain name: benchmark.com; User name format in descending order of probability: first_initial last, first last, first, first last_initial, last first_initial

Group Appearance [how often fund is operating separately from groups with shared interest]

97.2% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]

13-24

Follow-on Index [how often fund is ready to support its portfolio startup at next rounds]

43.9% of cases

Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]

x8.2

Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

5.3 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at unicorn-nest.com/dataset-what-we-tweet-vs-what-we-invest]

0.11 out of 1

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.83 out of 1

Number of Unicorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $1B]

30

Number of Decacorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $10B]

4

Number of Minotaurs [amount of portfolio companies, which raised more then $1B in total]

7

Funds Investing in Previous
Rounds

Y Combinator, Venrock, RRE Ventures

Funds Investing Together

Viola Ventures, RRE Ventures, General Catalyst

Funds Investing in Following
Rounds

Trinity Ventures, Spark Capital, Pinnacle Ventures

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