Matt Cohler

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Matt Cohler
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Matt Cohler, January 2008
BornMarch 27, 1977 (1977-03-27) (age 43)
Alma materYale University
OccupationVenture Capitalist
EmployerGeneral Partner at Benchmark
Known forFormer VP of Product Management, Facebook
Net worthUS$700 million (2015)[1]
Spouse(s)Pia Pernille Øien Cohler

Matt Cohler (born March 27, 1977) is an American venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. He worked as Vice President of Product Management for Facebook until June 2008[2] and was formerly a partner at Benchmark.[3][4] Cohler was named to the 2012 Forbes Midas List of top technology investors.[5] Cohler made the Forbes 'America's 40 Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40' list in 2015.[6]

Education and early career[edit]

Cohler earned a B.A. with honors and distinction from Yale University.[7]

Early in his career, Cohler worked in China and was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.[8] He befriended Reid Hoffman and went on to become a founding member of Hoffman's startup LinkedIn.[9] Cohler was vice president and general manager at LinkedIn[10] and was considered CEO Hoffman's right-hand man.[11]

Cohler was one of the first five employees hired at Facebook.[2] He was Facebook's vice president of product management and worked with the team during many of its critical growth phases. He continues to act as a "special advisor" to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.[12] In 2008, he left Facebook and became the youngest general partner at Benchmark.[8]

Benchmark[edit]

At Benchmark, Cohler has backed the firm’s investments in Dropbox, Asana, Quora, Greenhouse,[13] Domo, Duo, Edmodo, ResearchGate, 1stdibs, Peixe Urbano, CouchSurfing, Baixing, and Zendesk.[14][15] In 2011, he led a $7 million round of funding for Instagram,[16] which agreed in April 2012 to be acquired by Facebook for $1 billion.[17] In March 2014, Cohler led Benchmark's investment in Xapo, a Bitcoin wallet/insured cold storage vault.[18][19]

Cohler sits on the boards of Asana, Greenhouse,[13] Tinder,[20] Domo[10] Quora,[21] ResearchGate,[22] Instagram, 1stdibs, CouchSurfing[23] and Duo Security.[24]

In 2018, it was announced that Cohler would "step back" from Benchmark and not be a part of their next fund. Although he departed the Benchmark fund, he was expected to continue to hold his board seats, including at Uber.[25][3] Cohler later left the Uber board in July of 2019, at the same time as Arianna Huffington.[26]

Additional affiliations[edit]

Cohler is on the San Francisco Symphony board of governors,[27] and supports a range of charitable organizations such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,[28] and Tipping Point Community.[29]

Politics[edit]

In April 2013, a lobbying group called FWD.us (aimed at lobbying for immigration reform and improvements to education) was launched, with Cohler listed as one of the founders.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Matt Cohler's brother - Eric Cohler - is an interior designer based in New York. [31] [32] Eric has re-designed many of the properties that Matt owns, including a townhouse in Gramercy Park, New York and a penthouse in the Nolita district of New York. These efforts have gained the attention of several media outlets (including The Wall Street Journal and New York Times), mainly due to their high listing prices, in the tens of millions of dollars.[33][34][35]

Eric Cohler has also undertaken the interior design for other high-end properties, including a $39 million property in San Francisco.[36]

Matt and Eric's sister - Jennifer Cohler Mason - is the creative director of Eric's design firm; Eric Cohler Design.[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.forbes.com/profile/matt-cohler/
  2. ^ a b Ha, Anthony (June 19, 2008). "Facebook's Matt Cohler leaves for Benchmark Capital". VentureBeat. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Bill Gurley is stepping away from an active role at Benchmark, 21 years after joining the firm". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  4. ^ Kincaid, J. (October 29, 2008). "VCs Speak on the Economic Downturn: Batten Down the Hatches", TechCrunch.
  5. ^ "#68 Matt Cohler". The Midas List Tech's Top Investors. Forbes. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  6. ^ "America's Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40". Forbes. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  7. ^ Tsotsis, Alexia (25 July 2012). "Path's Dave Morin And Benchmark Capital's Matt Cohler Will Join Us At Disrupt SF!". TechCrunch. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  8. ^ a b Swisher, Kara (June 19, 2008). "Facebook's Matt Cohler to Benchmark". AllThings D. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  9. ^ Sengupta, Somini (9 May 2012). "A Circle of Tech: Collect Payout, Do a Start-Up". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  10. ^ a b Matt Cohler at Crunchbase. Retrieved on 2009-30-04.
  11. ^ Kirkpatrick, David. The Facebook Effect. p. 105.
  12. ^ Ante, Spencer (June 19, 2008). "Big Loss: Matt Cohler Leaves Facebook". Businessweek. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  13. ^ a b Constine, Josh. "Greenhouse Rakes In $13.6M B From Benchmark To Save You From Recruiting Hell". www.techcrunch.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  14. ^ Bort, Julie (9 April 2012). "The "Facebook Mafia" Is On The Rise In Silicon Valley". News. Business Insider. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  15. ^ Lawler, Ryan (22 September 2014). "Two-Factor Authentication Startup Duo Security Raises $12 Million From Benchmark". TechCrunch. TechCrunch. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  16. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (2 February 2011). "Path, Instagram, and what the 'Facebook mafia' sees". CNET. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  17. ^ Levy, Ari (27 April 2012). "Benchmark Capital Scores With Instagram, Demandforce and IPOs". Bloomberg. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  18. ^ Saitto, Serena (14 March 2014). "Benchmark Backs Bitcoin Secure Storage Provider Xapo". Bloomberg. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  19. ^ "Introducing Xapo". Blog post. Xapo Blog. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  20. ^ Swisher, Kara. "Sweat Equity: Benchmark Takes Stake in Tinder in Exchange for Matt Cohler Joining Board". www.recode.net. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  21. ^ Arrington, Michael (28 March 2010). "Quora Has The Magic: Benchmark Invests at $86 Million Valuation". TechCrunch. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  22. ^ Arrington, Michael (8 September 2010). "Benchmark And Accel Partners Reach Across The Atlantic To Fund ResearchGATE". TechCrunch. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  23. ^ Lacy, Sarah (August 24, 2011). "CouchSurfing Raises $7.6 M; Will Users Cry "Sell Out"?". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  24. ^ Cohler, Matt. "A Platonic Dialogue On Security By Benchmark's Matt Cohler". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  25. ^ Schleifer, Theodore (2018-10-01). "One of the most successful investors in Silicon Valley, Matt Cohler, will step back at Benchmark". Vox. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  26. ^ Feiner, Lauren (2019-07-24). "Uber loses two more board members: Arianna Huffington and Matt Cohler". CNBC. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  27. ^ "Board of Governors". Board & Staff. San Francisco Symphony. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  28. ^ Matthews, Damion. "Mid Winter Gala 2012: Chanel and the Cult of Beauty – SFLUXE". sfluxe.net. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  29. ^ Matthews, Damion. "Tipping Point's 5th Raises $6.5 Million – SFLUXE". sfluxe.net. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  30. ^ "Our supporters". FWD.us. Archived from the original on 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  31. ^ Mechling, Lauren (2004-02-27). "A Hole in the Wall With a Hot Look". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  32. ^ Merkin, Daphne. "Tour a Gramercy Park Triplex Designed by Eric Cohler". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  33. ^ Wolff, Natasha. "Four New Hair Salons In New York City Prove That Good Design Matters". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  34. ^ Higgins, Michelle (2016-02-11). "Half a Townhouse on Gramercy Park". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  35. ^ Clarke, Katherine (2019-10-10). "Matt Cohler Lists Swanky Manhattan Penthouse for $29.5 Million". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  36. ^ Clarke, Katherine (2019-10-10). "Tech Couple List Their Eclectic Mansion on San Francisco's Gold Coast for $39 Million". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  37. ^ Slesin, Suzanne (2008-11-26). "Sparkle and Glow". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-23.

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