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Stanford University, Ph.D., Masters 2004
Computer Science
Stanford University, MS 2000
Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley, BS 1998
Electrical Engineering Computer Science, Minor in Business Administration

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Ben Ling

Ben Ling is an Investment Partner at Khosla Ventures, where he is focused on mobile and Internet businesses. He is an accomplished executive and angel investor, with senior operating roles at Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Badoo. His personal investments include Fab, Square, Palantir, Quora, and PracticeFusion, and he holds advisory roles at Pinterest and Pulse.

At Google, he was Google’s Senior Director of Search Products and Local Business Products, including overseeing Images, Videos, Books, News and Finance. At YouTube, he was Senior Director of Partnerships and Platform, responsible for Music, Movies, Sports, News, as well as Mobile, TV, and API partnerships. In his first role at Google, Ben was the founder and GM of Google’s Commerce group, including Google Wallet and Shopping.

At Facebook, Ben was Director of Facebook Platform overseeing the Facebook developer ecosystem, and led product, marketing, developer operations, partner solutions, and helped build Facebook Connect, which has helped Facebook grow across the web.

Ben holds a Ph.D. and Master’s in Computer Science from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering / Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

Ben is a Department of Defense Fellow and recipient of UC Berkeley’s Bechtel Achievement Award (Top graduating senior in College of Engineering).

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
View the Space 12/2013Series A$7M6
GAIN Fitness 11/2013Venture Round$2.14M6
Keepy 10/2013Seed$1.1M8
ThirdLove 8/2013Seed$5.6M18
Vamo 7/2013Convertible Note$1.6M24
CrowdMed 6/2013Seed$1.2M8
Boatbound 6/2013Seed$1M6
RedCap 4/2013Seed$2.03M9
Chewse 4/2013Seed$1M6
Namo Media 3/2013Seed$1.88M13
15Five 1/2013Venture Round$1M9
Tubular Labs 12/2012Series A$2.5M11
Lovely 10/2012Seed$2M6
Artillery 8/2012Venture Round$2.5M10
Pindrop Security 5/2012Seed$1M8
Artify It 4/2012Angel$800k4
DogVacay 3/2012Series A$1M13
Well 3/2012Venture Round$1M8
Quartzy 2/2012Seed$1.2M10
Remind101 1/2012Seed$1M11
ChickRx 12/2011Seed2
GAIN Fitness 12/2011Seed$650k5
Incident Technologies 11/2011Seed$745k13
Fitocracy 9/2011Seed$250k28
aDealio 8/2011Venture Round$1M5
Fab 8/2011Series A$7.7M19
Gobble 5/2011Venture Round$1.2M14
Chirply 4/2011Seed$1.1M18
Everlane 4/2011Seed$1.1M12
Sosh 3/2011Seed$1M11
aDealio 3/2011Angel$500k5
ReadyForZero 10/2010Seed$260k5
Formative Labs 10/2010Angel5
BranchOut 9/2010Series A$6M17
Udemy 8/2010Seed$1M11
Palantir Technologies 6/2010Series D$90M6
Hitpost 1/2010Debt8

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  1. View The Space Raises $7M in Funding (finsmes.com) [edit]
  2. With 1M Downloads Under Its Belt, GAIN Fitness Raises $2.1M To Put A Personal Trainer In Every Pocket (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. Keepy Raises $1.1 Million To Store All Your Kids’ Artwork And Mementos (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  4. ThirdLove Raises $5.6M To Help You Find The Right Bra Size By Using Your iPhone (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  5. Facebook Veteran Ari Steinberg’s New Startup Vamo Taps Big Data To Book You Cheap And Easy Travel (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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  7. Boatbound Launches ‘Pier-To-Pier’ Boat Rental Marketplace (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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  9. 500 Startups-Backed Food Delivery Startup Chewse Raises $1 Million From Chris Sacca And Others (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  10. DrawChat Creator Launches His Mobile Ad Startup Namo Media, Raises $1.9M Round Led By Google Ventures (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  11. 15Five Wants Employees To Have A Voice, Raises $1M From Yammer’s David Sacks, 500 Startups, Ben Parr And More To Give It (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  12. Tubular Raises $2.5 Million To Provide Audience Development Tools To YouTube Content Creators (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  13. Lovely Goes From Craigslist Target To The Kayak Of Apartment Rentals As It Launches Nationwide (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  14. HTML5-Centric Artillery Raises $2.5M To Make the Browser The Console (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  15. Pindrop Security Raises $1M From Andreessen Horowitz To Detect And Block Phone Fraud (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  16. Artify It Raises $800K in Angel Funding (finsmes.com) [edit]
  17. dogvacay.com [edit]
  18. Well’s Social List-Making App Thinks Outside The “To-Do” (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  19. Quartzy Scores $1.2M To Help Life Scientists Stay Organized (blogs.wsj.com) [edit]
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  21. ChickRx recruits doctors and helpful sexperts for its health platform Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2012/07/11/chickrx-recruits-doctors-and-helpful-sexperts-for-its-health-platform/#rh5kTooDJABIzXSw.99 (venturebeat.com) [edit]
  22. GAIN Fitness Raises $650K From Keith Rabois, YouTube & Google Angels For Personal Training 2.0 (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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  24. AngelList (angel.co) [edit]
  25. aDealio Raises $1M (finsmes.com) [edit]
  26. Ashton Kutcher-Backed Fab.com Closes $7.7 Million (businessinsider.com) [edit]
  27. Marketplace For Home-Cooked Food Gobble Raises $1.2M From Founder Collective, Greylock And Other Angels (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  28. Crowd-Sourced Design Startup Chirply Raises $1.1 Million, Launches Redesign (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  29. Kleiner Perkins, SV Angel Back Personalized, Designer Quality E-Commerce Platform Everlane (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  30. Offline Labs Goes Online With $1 Million Seed Round. Enter The Project Dragon: Sosh (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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  32. ReadyForZero Raises $260K To Help Cleanse Consumers Of Credit Card Debt (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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  34. TechCrunch (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  35. TechCrunch - Udemy (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  36. Palantir: The Next Billion-Dollar Company Raises $90 Million (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  37. Hitpost Inc. is Building the Next Generation Sports Network (markets.dispatch.com) [edit]
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