Matt Cohler
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Matt Cohler, January 2008
BornMarch 27, 1977 (1977-03-27) (age 46)
Alma materYale University
OccupationVenture Capitalist
EmployerGeneral Partner at Benchmark
Known forFormer VP of Product Management, Facebook
SpousePia Pernille Øien Cohler

Matt Cohler (born March 27, 1977) is an American venture capitalist. He worked as Vice President of Product Management for Facebook until June 2008[1] and was formerly a general partner at Benchmark.[2][3][4] Cohler has been named to the Forbes Midas List of top technology investors[5] and in 2019 was named to the New York Times and CB Insights list of top 10 venture capital investors.[6] Cohler made the Forbes 'America's 40 Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40' list in 2015.[7]

Education and early career

Cohler earned a B.A. with honors and distinction in music from Yale University.[8]

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

Cohler was one of the first five employees hired at Facebook.[1] He was Facebook's vice president of product management and worked with the team during many of its critical growth phases. He continued 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.[9]


At Benchmark, Cohler has backed the firm's investments in Dropbox, Asana, Quora, Greenhouse,[13] Domo, Tinder,[14] Duo Security, DeepL, Edmodo, ResearchGate, 1stdibs, Peixe Urbano, CouchSurfing, Baixing, and Zendesk.[15][16] In 2011, he led a $7 million round of funding for Instagram,[17] which agreed in April 2012 to be acquired by Facebook for $1 billion.[18] In March 2014, Cohler led Benchmark's investment in Xapo, a Bitcoin wallet/insured cold storage vault.[19][20]

Cohler sits on the boards of Asana, Quora,[21] ResearchGate,[22] and 1stdibs.

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.[23][2] Cohler later left the Uber board in July 2019, at the same time as Arianna Huffington.[24]

Additional affiliations

Cohler is vice president of the San Francisco Symphony board of governors,[25][26] board trustee at Environmental Defense Fund,[27] and a member of the endowment investment committees at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative[28] and the Yale Investments Office.[29]


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.[30]


  1. ^ a b Ha, Anthony (June 19, 2008). "Facebook's Matt Cohler leaves for Benchmark Capital". VentureBeat. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Bill Gurley is stepping away from an active role at Benchmark, 21 years after joining the firm". TechCrunch. 22 April 2020. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  3. ^ Kincaid, J. (October 29, 2008). "VCs Speak on the Economic Downturn: Batten Down the Hatches", TechCrunch.
  4. ^ Schleifer, Theodore (2018-10-01). "One of the most successful investors in Silicon Valley, Matt Cohler, will step back at Benchmark". Vox. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  5. ^ "#68 Matt Cohler". The Midas List Tech's Top Investors. Forbes. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  6. ^ Griffith, Erin (2019-03-31). "These Silicon Valley Investors' Bets May Pay Off (Published 2019)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  7. ^ "America's Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40". Forbes. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b Swisher, Kara (June 19, 2008). "Facebook's Matt Cohler to Benchmark". AllThings D. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  10. ^ Sengupta, Somini (9 May 2012). "A Circle of Tech: Collect Payout, Do a Start-Up". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  11. ^ Kirkpatrick, David. The Facebook Effect. p. 105.
  12. ^ Ante, Spencer (June 19, 2008). "Big Loss: Matt Cohler Leaves Facebook". Businessweek. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  13. ^ Constine, Josh (11 March 2015). "Greenhouse Rakes In $13.6M B From Benchmark To Save You From Recruiting Hell". Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  14. ^ Swisher, Kara (2014-10-28). "Sweat Equity: Benchmark Takes Stake in Tinder in Exchange for Matt Cohler Joining Board". Vox. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  15. ^ Bort, Julie (9 April 2012). "The "Facebook Mafia" Is On The Rise In Silicon Valley". News. Business Insider. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  16. ^ Lawler, Ryan (22 September 2014). "Two-Factor Authentication Startup Duo Security Raises $12 Million From Benchmark". TechCrunch. TechCrunch. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  17. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (2 February 2011). "Path, Instagram, and what the 'Facebook mafia' sees". CNET. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  18. ^ Levy, Ari (27 April 2012). "Benchmark Capital Scores With Instagram, Demandforce and IPOs". Bloomberg. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  19. ^ Saitto, Serena (14 March 2014). "Benchmark Backs Bitcoin Secure Storage Provider Xapo". Bloomberg. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  20. ^ "Introducing Xapo". Blog post. Xapo Blog. Retrieved 17 March 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. ^ 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.
  24. ^ Feiner, Lauren (2019-07-24). "Uber loses two more board members: Arianna Huffington and Matt Cohler". CNBC. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  25. ^ "Board of Governors". Board & Staff. San Francisco Symphony. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  26. ^ Cooper, Michael (2018-12-05). "San Francisco Symphony Lands a Disrupter: Esa-Pekka Salonen (Published 2018)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  27. ^ "Board of trustees". Environmental Defense Fund. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  28. ^ "David Lee Named Chief Investment Officer for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative". Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. 2018-12-14. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  29. ^ "The Investment Committee". Yale Investments Office. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  30. ^ "Our supporters". Archived from the original on 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-17.