Eric Vishria

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Eric Vishria (born 1979) is a general partner at Benchmark, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley.[1] Previously, he was CEO and co-founder of Rockmelt[2] and served as vice president at Yahoo [3] following Yahoo's acquisition of Rockmelt.[4]


Vishria graduated from Stanford University at age 19 with a B.S. in Mathematical & Computational Science and a minor in Human Biology. He began his career in investment banking at Broadview International and got his first entrepreneurial experience as an early employee at Loudcloud[5] and later Opsware.[6] When Opsware was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2007 for $1.65 billion, Vishria was serving as VP of Marketing. At HP, Eric was Vice President of the Products, Software, Technology Solutions Group in HP Software.[7]

In October 2008, Vishria left HP to co-found RockMelt with Tim Howes, and launched the RockMelt social browser in November 2010. In 2013, RockMelt was acquired by Yahoo for a reported $60–70 million,[8] where Vishria started working as a Yahoo VP.[9] In 2014, Vishria joined Benchmark as a general partner, the first partner addition in over 6 years.[10] In November 2014, Vishria led Benchmark's investment in Confluent, an open-source data platform built around Apache Kafka. [11]

In 2015, he led Benchmark’s investments in Bugsnag,[12] an automated crash-detection platform, and Amplitude,[13] a provider of mobile and Web-based analytics that tracks user behavior. In 2016, Vishria led the firm’s investment in Contentful,[14] a content management platform.


  1. ^ "You likely haven't heard of Benchmark's new GP and that says everything about where Benchmark is going". Pando. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  2. ^ The New York Times, Web Browsing Takes a Social Turn
  3. ^ Hempel, Jessi. "Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's moment of truth". Fortune. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Geron, Tomio. "Yahoo Acquires Rockmelt Social Browser, Will Shut Down Apps". Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  5. ^ eWeek, LoudCloud Updates myLoudCloud Portal
  6. ^ Enterprise Systems, Opsware Taking the Pain Out of Network Management
  7. ^ HP Corporate Biographies, 2008
  8. ^ Yahoo Paid $60M to $70M for Rockmelt — Will Dump Browser and Use Tech to Better Deliver Its Media and Mobile Properties
  9. ^ Yahoo acquires Rockmelt browser
  10. ^ Rockmelt Co-Founder Eric Vishria Joins Benchmark As Its Newest Partner
  11. ^ Lawler, Ryan. "Benchmark Backs Real-Time Data Processing Startup Confluent". Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Loizos, Connie. "Bugsnag Nabs $7.2 Million in Series A Funding Led By Benchmark". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  13. ^ Ha, Anthony. "Amplitude Raises $9M For A New Approach To Analytics And Pricing". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  14. ^ "Berlin's Contentful raises $13 million to grow its API-driven content management system in the U.S". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2016-08-17.