Erik Benson

PARTNER

Erik Benson

Erik focuses on working with early-stage technology startups in the Pacific Northwest. He is a member of the board of directors of Anova Data (wireless analytics), Chirpify (social loyalty), Lighter Capital (online lender), Lytics (customer data platform), Make.tv (live video cloud), SheerID (eligibility verification) and Shiftboard (workforce management). He is also involved with Voyager’s investments in Act-On Software, Binary Fountain and Stackery.

Erik was previously responsible for Voyager's investments in aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft in 2007), Blue Box (acquired by IBM in 2015), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL in 2008), Covario (acquired by Dentsu in 2014), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon in 2015), Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts in 2012), and Skyward (acquired by Verizon in 2017).

Prior to joining Voyager in 1998, Erik was president of Mimix Inc., a pioneer in the motion capture and animation software market. He started his career in New York advising and financing private equity transactions for Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan Chase).

Erik has an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA with honors in economics from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). He currently serves on the board of regents of PLU and serves as chairman of the investment committee.