Benson Oak Ventures focuses on investments in Israel
with a mission to support great entrepreneurs build the platforms of the future
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About Us
We are a technology venture firm with a founder first philosophy.
Established the new fund with over 20 years of experience across industries under Benson Oak Capital with our flagship investment in AVG. Our founder focus means we look for every conceivable way to add value pre-investment, during due diligence and on a deeper more involved level with our portfolio companies.
Approach
Entrepreneur Focus = Focused Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur Focus = Focused Entrepreneur

At the early stages of a company the founder is constantly dealing with fundraising. Preparing, Doing, Closing and then prepping for the next round. 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 firmly believe the founders should focus on building product market rather than constant fundraising.

By doubling down we de-risk both our investment and the entrepreneurs
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.
B2M^2 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

Focus on the use of technology to remove friction out of common use with a focus on newly created markets.

SMB's

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

Blockchain

Focus on infrastructure which underpins the platforms of the future.

We see many parallels in the need for marketing and strong brand positioning between Blockchain technologies and decentralization and consumer offerings.

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