Mr. Benjamin Black is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Akkadian Ventures. He is an Angel Investor. He also serves as a Fund Advisor at Core Ventures Group. Mr. Black was a Co-Founder & served as General Partner at New Cycle Capital. He served as Advisor at Core Innovation Capital. He was previously on the investment teams at Maveron, a consumer-focused venture capital firm, the Chairman of Starbucks, and Rosewood Capital, a consumer-focused private equity firm. As an entrepreneur, he was Vice President of Corporate Development for Harris Interactive. By training, Mr. Black is an attorney and worked at Latham & Watkins after clerking on the Federal Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 1997. Mr. Black earned both his Bachelors of Arts and his Juris Doctor degrees at Cornell University.