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Benjamin Ling


Dr. Benjamin Ling is the Founder and serves as General Partner at Bling Capital. Dr. Ling served as General Partner at Khosla Ventures. He previously served as a Board Member at Theatro Labs. He focuses on consumer, Internet, mobile, marketplace, SaaS and consumer health businesses. Since joining the firm, he's led investments in, Canary, HackerRank and Tapingo, among many others. Previously, Ben served in senior operating roles at Google, YouTube and Facebook. He also is an active angel investor with early stakes in Square, Palantir, Quora and PracticeFusion. Further, Ben served as an advisor to both Pinterest and Pulse. 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, Ben 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, Ben 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. Ben played a crucial role in developing Facebook Connect, which helped grow Facebook across the web. Ben holds a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a master's degree and doctor of philosophy degree in computer science from Stanford University. Ben is a Department of Defense fellow and a recipient of the University of California, Berkeley's Bechtel achievement award, which distinguishes the top graduating student from its college of engineering. Former Badoo COO and ex-Googler Ben Ling has joined Khosla Ventures, according to sources. Ling, who has held senior operations roles for a number of big companies in the mobile and Internet space, has been added to a growing team at Vinod Khosla's venture firm.

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States

Benjamin Ling Investments (97)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
HoneyBook 21-Mar-2019 Later Stage VC 0000 Media and Information Services (B2B) Generating Revenue 00000000 0000 00.0
00000000 14-Mar-2017 00000 00000 000 Automation/Workflow Software Startup 00000000 0000 00.0
000000000 08-Apr-2016 00000 00000 000 Social/Platform Software Generating Revenue 00000000 0000 00.0
000000 15-Oct-2015 00000 00000 0000 Social/Platform Software Startup 00000000 0000 00.0
00000000 25-Feb-2015 00000 00000 000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 00000000 0000 00.0
000000000 01-Feb-2015 0000 00000 00000 Social/Platform Software Generating Revenue 00000000 0000 00.0
000000000 07-Oct-2014 00000 00000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 00000000 0000 00.0
000000000 22-Sep-2014 00000 00000 0000 Media and Information Services (B2B) Generating Revenue 00000000 0000 00.0
Lumiata 11-Aug-2014 Early Stage VC 000 Decision/Risk Analysis Generating Revenue 00000000 0000 00.0
AirHelp 01-Jun-2014 Seed Round 00.00 Legal Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 00000000 0000 00.0
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Benjamin Ling Exits (46)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
Periscope Data 14-May-2019 Merger/Acquisition 00000 Completed
000000000 11-Apr-2019 000 00000 Completed
0000 29-Mar-2019 000 00.000 Completed
000000000 08-Feb-2019 000000000000000000 00000 Completed
  • 0000000
00000 0000 24-Jan-2019 000000000000000000 Completed
  • 000000000
00000000 000000000 28-Aug-2018 000 00 00000000 Completed
000000 23-Mar-2018 0000000000 Completed
  • 5 buyers
000000000 15-Mar-2018 000000000000000000 Completed
  • 000000000
Practice Fusion 13-Feb-2018 Merger/Acquisition 00000 Completed
Boatbound 17-Aug-2017 Merger/Acquisition Completed
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Benjamin Ling Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
Benjamin Ling Ph.D Angel Investor 000 0 0 San Francisco, CA

Benjamin Ling Co-Investors (115)

Name With Exits Lead Partner
BoxGroup 2 0 0
FundersClub 0 0 0
Laszlo Bock 0 0 0
Michael Birch 0 0
Naval Ravikant 0 0
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