Venture capital firm Benchmark has added Sarah Tavel as its newest General Partner.
Most recently, Tavel worked as an investing partner at Greylock Partners, where she led investments in two (unannounced) companies.
Earlier on, she worked at Bessemer Venture Partners to source companies such as Pinterest (where Tavel led core parts of the product and business after the investment). She also invested in a wide range of businesses from e-commerce companies such as Quidsi [parent company of Diapers.com, Soap.com, Wag.com, and others] (Acquired by Amazon), Onestop Internet, and KupiVIP; to SaaS companies Mindbody Software (IPO), Cornerstone OnDemand (IPO), and Convertro (Acquired by AOL); to an enterprise software company, Metalogix (Acquired by Permira).
With offices in San Francisco and Woodside, Benchmark focuses on early-stage venture investing in mobile, marketplaces, social, and infrastructure and enterprise software startups working with entrepreneurs to build them into transformational companies.
The firm’s portfolio includes Uber, Snapchat, Tinder, Nextdoor, Stitch Fix, Docker and Cyanogen while recent IPOs and acquisitions include Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, League of Legends, OpenTable, New Relic, Hortonworks, GrubHub, Zendesk and Zillow.
Benchmark now has six equal partners, with Tavel joining Bill Gurley, Mitch Lasky, Eric Vishria, Matt Cohler and Peter Fenton with the same authority, responsibility and ownership as the current partners.