Geographic Preferences: United States, Europe
Sarah Tavel has joined Benchmark as a General Partner in March 2017. She was an an investment partner at Greylock before that. Sarah works with early stage entrepreneurs building products, platforms, networks, and marketplaces that enable new forms of communication, media, and commerce. Sarah will also cross over between consumer and vertical SaaS/B2B software-driven companies.
Prior to that Sarah has helped build a defining network-effect business (Pinterest). Sarah believed in Pinterest so much that she later joined the company. As one of the first 35 employees, her first order of business was to launch Pinterest internationally and close the series C financing. From there, Sarah moved into product, becoming Pinterest’s founding PM for search and discovery, and launching Pinterest’s first search and recommendations features. She currently leads product for search, recommendations, and offsite experiences, among others. She also led three acquisitions as she has helped the company scale through a period of hyper-growth.
Sarah joined Pinterest from a position of the Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners, where she had a great deal of conviction about Pinterest — long before it became an obvious breakout business. For Bessemer, she turned this conviction into one of the best consumer investments in the last five years.
Fund's investment verticals: communications, enterprise software, internet and digital media. Geography investment focus: United States,