Peter Fenton joined Benchmark in 2006 after spending seven years as a partner with Accel Partners. Prior to joining the venture capital community, he was an early employee at Virage, a multimedia information retrieval company that went public on the NASDAQ in 2000. Peter also worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company in San Francisco. Current Investments: EngineYard, Lithium, New Relic, Pentaho, Polyvore, Terracotta, Twitter, Yelp, Zendesk and Zuora. Previous Investments: Coremetrics, FriendFeed (acquired by Facebook), JBoss (acquired by RedHat), Reactivity (acquired by Cisco), SpringSource (acquired by VMWare), Wily Technology (acquired by CA), Xensource (acquired by Citrix), and Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!). Education: MBA from Stanford Business School, Arjay Miller Scholar; BA from Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa.
Mitch Lasky has spent more than two decades in the mobile gaming, new media and interactive entertainment business. Prior to joining Benchmark, Mitch served as executive vice president of Mobile and Online at Electronic Arts. Previously, he was chairman and chief executive officer of JAMDAT Mobile, Inc (NASDAQ: JMDT), the leading global publisher of wireless entertainment applications, which he joined as a startup in 2000, took public in 2004, and sold to EA in 2006. Prior to JAMDAT, Mitch served as general manager of eCompanies Wireless LLC, a startup incubator. He also spent five years at Activision, the world’s largest game publisher, most recently as executive vice president of Worldwide Studios. Earlier in his career, Mitch practiced intellectual property law, worked at the Walt Disney Company and started a massively multiplayer online game company.
Pete joined NEA in 2005 and focuses on early-stage enterprise software, systems and consumer internet companies. He is the co-head of NEA’s enterprise software practice group, and serves on several boards for NEA portfolio companies. Past investments include Xensource (acquired by Citrix Systems) and Teracent (acquired by Google). Prior to NEA, Pete was Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at VMware where he struck the company's initial OEM deals and grew annual sales through OEMs from $0 to $40 million in four years. Pete ran product management at Mirapoint and worked in sales and marketing at Hewlett-Packard, including as Worldwide Product Manager for the mid-range server business. Pete began his career at Montgomery Securities in the Technology Corporate Finance group. Pete received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and his BA in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley
Jeff Lunsford has more than two decades of experience as a technology and Internet executive. Jeff previously served as President, CEO and Chairman at Limelight Networks, which he took public in 2007 as part of a $240M IPO. From 2003-2006, Jeff was the CEO of WebSideStory, a SaaS-based web analytics pioneer that went public in 2004 and is now part of Adobe Systems. Prior to that, Jeff was the CEO of TogetherSoft, a software development tools company that was sold to Borland Software. A former naval aviator, Jeff received a B.S. in Information and Computer Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Beau has over thirty-five years of experience building, managing and investing in both early stage and Fortune 500 software and hardware companies. Most recently, Beau served as managing director of Vrolyk Ventures, focusing on investments in early stage technology companies, and at Warburg Pincus, managing investments in the information technology and telecommunications sectors. Previously he served as CEO of TogetherSoft Corp, CEO of 3ware, Inc., Senior Vice President of the product group at Silicon Graphics, Inc, and Vice President and General Manager at Xerox Corp. Beau received his B.A. in Philosophy, with a specialty in symbolic logic, from the California State University at Northridge.
Tom co-founded Engine Yard to provide the infrastructure and support necessary to fuel the development of Ruby on Rails applications. He has spent nearly 30 years as a software programmer and software architect and 20 years leading companies as a serial entrepreneur. Prior to co-founding Engine Yard in 2006, he created FaceBridge Research, Inc., a billing service for video-over-IM systems, and InfoMania Printing and Prepress, Inc., an innovator in Internet print procurement. He also served as software architect at Quios.com, responsible for designing the platform that allowed the mobile messaging company to grow into a global provider with more than 130 employees.