We are in the business of building great companies.

We support entrepreneurs to build transformative, global businesses by funding deals as a lead investor and providing significant value-add.

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Why us
Benson Oak Ventures brings a disciplined and differentiated investment approach, predicated on prudence and patience with the goal of doubling and tripling down as the winners emerge.
We focus solely on B2M² (business to mass market) - companies that can build and scale their brand to a global mass market, targeting consumers, SMB’s and community-driven platforms.
Approach
Entrepreneur Focus = Focused Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur Focus = Focused Entrepreneur

At the early stages of a company the founder is constantly dealing with fundraising. Our goal is to build deep trust relationships with our entrepreneurs, invest early and double down on the company in the following round. Seed and A stages are riddled with challenges and are the riskiest stage of the company. We believe the founders should focus on building product market rather than constant fundraising.

Announcing the BOV Founder Carry Program.
We will allocate a pool of the GP carried interest for the benefit of portfolio company Founders. Every BOV founder will thus effectively have an ownership interest in the Fund and each portfolio company -- thereby emphasizing our “founder-first” approach, and encouraging support for entrepreneurs across the portfolio.
Our Focus
Benson Oak Ventures brings a disciplined and differentiated investment approach, predicated on prudence and patience with the goal of doubling and tripling down as the winners emerge.

B2M2 are business to mass market companies that can build and scale their brand to a global mass market, targeting consumers, SMB’s and community-driven platforms.

B2C

Our B2C focus includes EdTech, Sports & Lifestyle and FinTech & Crypto. We see these fields as areas particularly ripe for disruption leveraging technical prowess, great user experience and innovative business models.

B2C companies in our portfolio include Zengo and S'More and one in stealth mode to be announced soon.
B2SMB

Using technology to take out the friction from common business cases with a focus on sticky services not previously available to SMB's.

SMB companies in our portfolio include Become and Promo.
B2M²

B2M² Platform businesses combine B2C & SMB revenue models with own customer bases that enhance the business model, creating new industries and marketplaces with virtuous circle of sticky product offering and loyal user base.

Benson Oak Ventures fund is the 4th venture-focused fund in the Benson Oak ecosystem, encompassing 20 years of experience across industries. Previous funds having invested in over 30 start-ups (direct and co-investments) and returned about $500M in value to investors.
Previous and current Benson Oak investments include B2M² companies: AVG (the global leader in Internet Security delivering over 100x return to investors upon its IPO); Promo.com (#1 player in video marketing solutions for SMBs); LoungeBuddy (the leading app for airport lounge access, recently sold to American Express).
Inception Stories
AVG Security
Investment Highlights & Value Add
History

Benson Oak bought AVG in 2004 when it was a 20 person team in Brno, Czech Republic and became actively involved in assisting the management of the Company. At the time, AVG had $5M in revenue but had just started to offer its anti-virus product for free.

Benson Oak became involved in the operations and especially in developing the freemium model as the company grew to over 100 million users, becoming a global leader in Internet Security solutions for consumers and small businesses. In 2005, Enterprise Investors and Intel Capital bought into AVG in a secondary transaction and in 2009, TA Associates entered. Overall, BOCs investment in AVG returned 100x to its investors as the company exceeded a $1 billion market cap after going public on the NYSE in February 2012.

Highlights

Robert Cohen spearheaded BOC’s acquisition of AVG and was deeply involved in the business for the next 8 years. Aside from being a Board member, Robert also served as interim CFO, managed AVG’s fund raising activities.

In 2011, he joined the senior management team responsible for global M&A and strategic corporate development activity and gained deep operational experience via the execution and integration of five acquisitions and two strategic partnerships, in the US, Germany and Israel. Robert was part of the management team as it went public.

Fund History
1989
Benson Oak Group
First and most successful investment banking boutique in Czech & Slovak Republic founded by Gabriel Eichler

Benson Oak advised on over $5 billion of transactions encompassing debt raising and M&A activity.

1989