Erik Benson


Erik Benson

Erik focuses on working with early-stage technology startups on the West Coast. He is a member of the board of directors of Anova Data (advanced analytics), Chirpify (social loyalty), Lighter Capital (fintech), (customer data platform), (live video cloud), RioSEO (search marketing), SheerID (eligibility verification), and Shiftboard (workforce management). He's also a board observer for Act-On (marketing automation) and (artificial intelligence).

Erik was previously responsible for Voyager's investments in aQuantive (IPO, acquired by Microsoft), Blue Box (acquired by IBM Cloud), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL Technologies), Covario (acquired by Dentsu/Aegis/iProspect), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon Web Services), Geoloqi (acquired by Esri), Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts), and (acquired by Verizon Wireless).

Prior to joining Voyager in 1998, Erik was an EIR 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 advising and financing private equity clients for Chemical Bank and Chemical Securities (now JPMorgan Chase).

Erik has an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Pacific Lutheran University. Erik currently serves on the Board of Regents of Pacific Lutheran University and serves as chairman of their investment committee. He previously served as a Trustee for the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle.