Benjamin Ling is joining Khosla Ventures. Ling is a former Google, Facebook and YouTube executive. Most recently Ling was chief operating officer at Badoo.
MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Khosla Ventures, a venture assistance firm that focuses on sustainability and technology startups, announced today that Benjamin Ling, a former Google, Facebook and YouTube executive, will join the firm. Most recently Ben was chief operating officer at Badoo, where he oversaw product, engineering, marketing, operations, business development and corporate development.
While serving in executive roles, he has also developed a distinguished track record angel investing in technology companies, such as Fab.com, Palantir, Square, PracticeFusion, Quora and advisory positions in Pinterest and Pulse.
He will begin his new role at Khosla Ventures in May 2013.
“I love the Khosla Ventures approach of backing and assisting entrepreneurs who want to make big, impactful, long-term bets – who are not afraid to risk failure in an attempt to change the world. And the breadth of network and knowledge, along with the uncompromising work ethic of the Khosla team, helps entrepreneurs get the best possible assistance,” said Ben.
“We are thrilled to have Ben join us as he has shown himself to be an effective product executive, as well as a hands-on leader,” said Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures. “Our belief in bringing the best venture assistance to our companies is why we’re very excited about the newest addition to the Khosla Ventures team.”
“Ben is an amazing entrepreneurial leader and has a great eye as an investor for both talent and ideas. I’m excited to see him join Khosla Ventures to find and foster the next set of entrepreneurs who will define the technology world,” said Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! and long-time friend and colleague to Ben.
About Khosla Ventures
Khosla Ventures offers venture assistance, strategic advice and capital to entrepreneurs. The firm helps entrepreneurs extend the potential of their ideas in breakthrough technologies in clean energy, mobile, IT, cloud, big data, storage, health, food, agriculture and semiconductors. Vinod Khosla founded the firm in 2004 and was formerly a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins and co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Khosla Ventures is based in Menlo Park, Calif. More information is available at http://www.khoslaventures.com.