Ben Casnocha

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Ben Casnocha
Casnocha in 2011
Benedict T. Casnocha

(1988-03-01) March 1, 1988 (age 35)
Occupation(s)Author, investor

Benedict T. Casnocha is an American author, entrepreneur, and investor, based in San Francisco, California.[1][2]

He is currently the co-founder and partner at the venture capital firm Village Global.[3]

At 14 he founded Comcate Inc., an e-government technology firm, and is the author of three books, including the New York Times bestseller The Start-Up of You.[4][5]

He is a keynote speaker at many business events and conventions.[6] He has appeared on The Charlie Rose Show and is a commentator on NPR’s Marketplace and in Newsweek. He has also written for the American Enterprise Institute and the U.S. State Department. He has been a mentor at startup incubator Techstars.[7]

In 2006, BusinessWeek named Casnocha one of America's best young entrepreneurs.[8] Politics Online named him one of the "25 most influential people in the world of internet and politics."

In 2017, A member of Product Hunt 's founding team and a veteran from LinkedIn are teaming up to invest in companies at the early stage. For a new investment fund Erik Torenberg and Ben Casnocha are investing $50 million.[9]


My Start-Up Life[edit]

My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on his Journey Through Silicon Valley was published on May 25, 2007, by Jossey-Bass. It recounts Casnocha’s founding of an e-government technology firm, Comcate.

The Start-Up of You[edit]

The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest In Yourself and Transform Your Career is Casnocha's second book. It is co-authored with Reid Hoffman, co-founder and Executive Chairman of professional social networking website LinkedIn and was released in the United States on February 14, 2012.

The Alliance[edit]

The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age is Casnocha's third book. It is co-authored with investor Chris Yeh and Reid Hoffman and was released in the United States on July 8, 2014.


  1. ^ Swartz, Jon (January 17, 2006). "Being a teen is hard work for this entrepreneur". USA Today. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  2. ^ "Today's Teens, Today's Entrepreneurs". Dealbook NYT. June 14, 2007. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "The Network".
  4. ^ Cowles, Gregory. "Best Sellers – The New York Times". New York Times. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "Oh, to Be 19 and an Entrepreneur". The New York Times. June 17, 2007. Archived from the original on November 3, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  6. ^ "Benedict T. Casnocha: Never too young to succeed". Jakarta Post. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  7. ^ "Wasabi Ventures: Staff". Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  8. ^ "America's Best Young Entrepreneurs". BusinessWeek. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  9. ^ "Ben Casnocha and Erik Torenberg are raising a $50M investment fund". techcrunch. April 6, 2017. Archived from the original on April 6, 2017. Retrieved July 2, 2020.

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