Benjamin Ling General Information
Dr. Benjamin Ling serves as Advisor at Ignition. He also is the Founder and General Partner of Bling Capital. He has backed 10 "unicorn" billion-dollar companies, with the best yet to come. He serves as Board Member at Nubrakes. Previously, he was a General Partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focused on consumer, Internet, mobile, marketplace, SaaS, and consumer health businesses. There, he led investments in Wattpad, Tapingo, Gitlab, True Accord, Webflow, among many others. Previously, he served in senior operating roles at Google, YouTube and Facebook. He also is an active angel investor with early stakes in Airtable, Lyft, Square, Palantir, Quora, Gusto, Udemy, and others. While at Google, he served as Senior Director of Search and Local Business Products, which included overseeing Google Images, Videos, Books, News, and Finance. At YouTube, he was Senior Director of Partnerships and Platform, where he was responsible for music, movies, sports, and news, as well as mobile, television, and API partnerships. In his first role at Google, he was the founder and general manager of Google's commerce group, which includes Google Wallet and Google Shopping. At Facebook, he was the first director of the Facebook platform and oversaw the development of the company's developer ecosystem. He also led product, marketing, developer operations, and partner solutions. He played a crucial role in developing Facebook Connect, which helped grow Facebook across the web. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) from UC Berkeley and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. He is a Department of Defense fellow and a recipient of UC Berkeley's Bechtel Achievement Award, given to the top graduating senior from the College of Engineering.