Erik Benson


Erik Benson

Erik focuses on market-changing technologies, concentrating his efforts on working with seed- and early-stage startups in the Pacific Northwest. He is a director on the boards of Anova Data, Chirpify, Lighter Capital, Lytics,, RioSEO, SheerID, and Shiftboard. He's also a board observer for Act-On and

Erik was previously responsible for Voyager's investments in aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft), Blue Box (acquired by IBM), CapitalStream (acquired by HCL), Covario (acquired by Dentsu), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon), Geoloqi (acquired by ESRI), Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts), and Skyward (acquired by Verizon).

Prior to Voyager, Erik was a seed investor for Seattle-based WRF Capital after holding leadership roles at Mimix Inc., a pioneer in the motion capture and animation software market. He started his career in New York for a predecessor investment bank to JPMorgan Chase, advising and financing private equity clients.

Erik has an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). Erik also serves on the Board of Regents of PLU as a Trustee and Chairman of the Investment Committee. He previously served as a Trustee for the Nordic Heritage Museum.