Mr. Erik Benson serves as Managing Director at Voyager Capital. He is a Co-Founder and serves as Board Member at Lighter Capital. He focuses on market-changing technologies and disruptive business models, concentrating his efforts on working with seed- and early-stage companies based in the Pacific Northwest. He also serves as Advisor of Chirpify. He serves as a Board Member at SheerID. He currently represents Voyager on the board of directors of Act-On Software, Stackery, Anova Data, Lighter Capital, Lytics, Rio SEO, SheerID, Shiftboard , Make.tv and SkyWard. He also served as a Board Member at Act-On Software. He was previously responsible for Voyager's investments in aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft), Blue Box (acquired by IBM), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL Technologies), Covario (acquired by Dentsu Aegis), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon Web Services), Geoloqi (acquired by ESRI) and Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts). Prior to Voyager, he was a seed investor for Seattle-based WRF Capital after holding leadership roles at Mimix, a pioneer in the area of motion capture and animation software. He started his career in New York for a predecessor bank to JPMorgan Chase, advising and financing private equity clients. He received a BA in Economics from Pacific Lutheran University in 1990 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997.