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Benjamin Tseng is the Vice President of Product and Business Development for Yik Yak, a venture-backed startup building anonymous, hyperlocal communities for mobile devices which has raised over $70M in venture funding since its inception. As a key member of executive team, his responsibilities included driving Series B fundraising (culminating in a $60M+ financing), guiding product roadmap / implementation, building and managing team of PMs, designers, and UX researchers supporting all product and systems development within company, and handling all partnership conversations and execution (including those with University of Florida, MTV, Comedy Central, and Bleacher Report)

Prior to Yik Yak, Benjamin was a Vice President at DCM, a leading venture capital fund managing over $2.5 billion in assets, where he was responsible for sourcing and conducting due diligence on new investment opportunities as well as assisting on financing, operational, and strategic matters for DCM’s portfolio companies. His focus areas included infrastructure technology, connected device platforms, and new models for healthcare, and he worked actively with management teams at DCM companies, including Whistle, Yik Yak, FreedomPop, Enovix, 1Mainstream, Augmedix, Athos, Stride Health, Cognitive Networks, and Rayvio.

Prior to DCM, Benjamin was a Senior Associate Consultant with management consulting firm Bain & Company based in the Bay Area where he worked with a number of Fortune 500 semiconductor and eCommerce clients evaluating new markets, strategies, and acquisitions.

Benjamin graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in Biochemical Sciences and a minor in Mathematical Sciences from Harvard University where his studies focused on understanding complex biological systems using a combination of mathematical and experimental approaches.

Benjamin is also a mentor for the Thiel “20 Under 20” Fellowship as well as an advisor to a number of startups including Dextro and Bayes Impact, an avid comic book fan, a (very) amateur coder, a blogger, and a very obsessive Feedly user.

He can be reached at [mail-at-<>]

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