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March 23, 2015

Cyanogen, and the State of Android

Business

Benchmark portfolio company Cyanogen announced an $80MM Series C round of financing earlier today. At this significant milestone for the company, I wanted to take a look at the state of Android.

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March 10, 2015

Benchmark Leads PlayFab’s Series A

Business

PlayFab is an infrastructure company enabling game developers and publishers to get 21st century content to market. Last week, Benchmark announced our investment in PlayFab’s Series A round.

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July 23, 2014

Meet Benchmark’s New Partner: Eric Vishria

Business

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July 08, 2014

Viewer’s Guide to the World Cup: The Semi-Finals

Football

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July 02, 2014

Viewer’s Guide to the World Cup: The Quarter-Finals

Football

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June 26, 2014

Viewer’s Guide to the World Cup: June 28-July 1

Football

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June 23, 2014

Viewer’s Guide to the World Cup: June 23-26

Football

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June 16, 2014

Viewer’s Guide to the World Cup: June 17-22

Football

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June 10, 2014

Viewers Guide to World Cup: June 12-16

Football

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June 05, 2014

Can USA Progress from Group G?

Football

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January 30, 2014

Zynga Acquires NaturalMotion

Business

After market close today, Zynga announced that it was acquiring Benchmark portfolio company NaturalMotion for $527MM in cash and stock.

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December 07, 2013

World Cup Draw Update

Football

The World Cup draw is set and man, it's a tough one for the US men's national team. And for England and Italy and Uruguay. And for Spain and Netherlands and Chile. Like we expected, the draw produced several very difficult groups.

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November 22, 2013

World Cup 2014 Draw

Football

On December 6, in Salvador, Brazil, FIFA will stage the massive dog and pony show known as the World Cup draw, setting the field for next summer’s tournament. ... You can bet that there will be representatives from the football associations of at least a dozen countries holding their heads in disbelief when the dust settles and the names are all drawn December 6th.

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September 18, 2013

Cyanogen Mod

Business

Cyanogen, Inc. has announced its $7MM Series A financing, led by Benchmark.

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June 13, 2013

Should Venture Capital Fund Games Companies?

Business

Kim-Mai Cutler wrote an interesting piece in Techcrunch this week about venture financing and the games business. Greatly simplified, her main thesis is that venture capital may not be the best vehicle for financing video game companies. In general, I agree with her – for the vast majority of game companies. But not all games companies.

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March 25, 2013

EA and the Future

Business

It is interesting to think about EA’s assets and the current state of the digital game economy in light of the challenges a new leader at EA might face.

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March 06, 2013

Soccer Analytics at SSAC and Beyond

Football

The lack of really important football analytics contributions on display at SSAC '13, particularly compared to the great leaps forward being made in basketball, makes me wonder. Is there less here than meets the eye?

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March 02, 2013

2013 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

Business

I love this conference (for my take on last year's SSAC, click here). I have zero professional connection to the world of sports business or analytics, and I rarely discover anything investable here, but I still find this two-day affair one of the most thought provoking and fascinating on my calendar.

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February 09, 2013

Snapchat

Business

In an article that appeared today Snapchat announced that Benchmark has led their Series A financing. I will be joining the board of directors, alongside founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy.

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November 06, 2012

DeanBeat/OnLive

Business

The always-insightful Dean Takahashi wrote a long piece on The DeanBeat yesterday about the fall of OnLive. As the Series A investor in one of OnLive’s rivals, Gaikai, I was a pretty active observer of OnLive and of the cloud gaming market generally. I think Dean provides a thorough – if somewhat gentle – overview of the facts of OnLive’s collapse and his piece is totally worth reading.

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