Matt Cohler

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Matt Cohler
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Matt Cohler, January 2008
Born March 27, 1977 (1977-03-27) (age 38)
New York, NY
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Venture Capitalist
Employer General Partner at Benchmark
Known for Former VP of Product Management, Facebook
Net worth US$700 million (2015)[1]

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 is currently a general partner at Benchmark.[3] Cohler was named to the 2012 Forbes Midas List of top technology investors.[4] Cohler made the Forbes 'America's 40 Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40' list in 2015.[5]

Education and early career[edit]

Cohler earned a B.A. with honors and distinction from Yale University.[6]

Early in his career, Cohler worked in China and was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.[7] He befriended Reid Hoffman and went on to become a founding member of Hoffman's startup LinkedIn.[8] Cohler was vice president and general manager at LinkedIn[9] and was considered CEO Hoffman's right-hand man.[10]

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.[11] In 2008, he left Facebook and became the youngest general partner at Benchmark.[7]


At Benchmark, Cohler has backed the firm’s investments in Dropbox, Asana, Quora, Greenhouse,[12] Domo, Duo, Edmodo, ResearchGate, 1stdibs, Peixe Urbano, Couchsurfing, Baixing, and Zendesk.[13][14] In 2011, he led a $7 million round of funding for Instagram,[15] which agreed in April 2012 to be acquired by Facebook for $1 billion.[16] In March 2014, Cohler led Benchmark's investment in Xapo Ltd., a Bitcoin wallet/insured cold storage vault.[17][18]

Cohler sits on the boards of Asana, Greenhouse,[12] Tinder,[19] Domo[9] Quora,[20] ResearchGate,[21] Instagram, 1stDibs, Couchsurfing[22] and Duo Security.[23]

Additional affiliations[edit]

Cohler is on the San Francisco Symphony board of governors.[24]


In April 2013, a lobbying group called (aimed at lobbying for immigration reform and improvements to education) was launched, with Cohler listed as one of the founders.[25]


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  2. ^ a b Ha, Anthony (June 19, 2008). "Facebook's Matt Cohler leaves for Benchmark Capital". VentureBeat. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Kincaid, J. (October 29, 2008). "VCs Speak on the Economic Downturn: Batten Down the Hatches", TechCrunch.
  4. ^ "#68 Matt Cohler". The Midas List Tech's Top Investors. Forbes. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "America's Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40". Forbes. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ a b Swisher, Kara (June 19, 2008). "Facebook's Matt Cohler to Benchmark". AllThings D. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ Sengupta, Somini (9 May 2012). "A Circle of Tech: Collect Payout, Do a Start-Up". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Matt Cohler at CrunchBase. Retrieved on 2009-30-04.
  10. ^ Kirkpatrick, David. The Facebook Effect. p. 105. 
  11. ^ Ante, Spencer (June 19, 2008). "Big Loss: Matt Cohler Leaves Facebook". Businessweek. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Constine, Josh. "Greenhouse Rakes In $13.6M B From Benchmark To Save You From Recruiting Hell". Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Bort, Julie. "The "Facebook Mafia" Is On The Rise In Silicon Valley". News. Business Insider. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Lawler, Ryan (22 September 2014). "Two-Factor Authentication Startup Duo Security Raises $12 Million From Benchmark". TechCrunch (TechCrunch). Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  15. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (2 February 2011). "Path, Instagram, and what the 'Facebook mafia' sees". CNET. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  16. ^ Levy, Ari (27 April 2012). "Benchmark Capital Scores With Instagram, Demandforce and IPOs". Bloomberg. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  17. ^ Saitto, Serena (14 March 2014). "Benchmark Backs Bitcoin Secure Storage Provider Xapo". Bloomberg. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Introducing Xapo". Blog post. Xapo Blog. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Swisher, Kara. "Sweat Equity: Benchmark Takes Stake in Tinder in Exchange for Matt Cohler Joining Board". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  20. ^ Arrington, Michael (28 March 2010). "Quora Has The Magic: Benchmark Invests at $86 Million Valuation". TechCrunch. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  21. ^ Arrington, Michael (8 September 2010). "Benchmark And Accel Partners Reach Across The Atlantic To Fund ResearchGATE". TechCrunch. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  22. ^ Lacy, Sarah (August 24, 2011). "CouchSurfing Raises $7.6 M; Will Users Cry "Sell Out"?". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  23. ^ Cohler, Matt. "A Platonic Dialogue On Security By Benchmark’s Matt Cohler". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  24. ^ "Board of Governors". Board & Staff. San Francisco Symphony. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  25. ^ "Our supporters". Retrieved 2013-04-17. 

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