Keith Benjamin, Internet Analyst & VC, RIP


Keith Benjamin, a veteran Internet analyst and more recently a general partner at Levensohn Venture Partners, a San Francisco-based venture fund, passed away earlier this week of a subdural hematoma. He was hurt during his boxing training, when a blow led to a brain hemorrhage. A memorial service was held for him in Sausalito, Calif., today.

Benjamin, 49, was one of the early entrants to the world of Internet stocks, and as a reporter for, I got to know him well, chatting with him often to get his thoughts on where the Internet madness was headed. He worked for Robertson Stephens then.

A thoughtful, measured and yet straight-talking Benjamin was one of the few analysts who provided perspective in the mad days of the Internet bubble. He became a VC for Highland Capital Partners and opened the San Francisco office for the Boston-based VC fund. Benjamin was a believer in B2B and Internet (software) infrastructure. He joined Levensohn Partners in 2002, and I met with him a few times when I was working for Business 2.0 and we stayed in touch. Rest in peace, my friend. You will always live in my thoughts.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy or the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, The Trauma Center, in Keith’s memory. If you would like to add remembrances for the benefit of the family, please link to Remember to sign your name so the family knows who it is from. (From Levensohn Venture Partners web site.)


robert leonard

I met Keith in Business School where we collaborated on our senior thesis. He loved poring over every detail while sipping port (great taste even then). I enjoyed working with him then as he seemed to be the only calm and sane person I met in B school.
My heart goes out to his family.



I met Keith when I joined one of his portfolio companies in 2003, and saw him regularly even after moving on to other things. I was immediately impressed by his intelligence and insight, and charmed by his wit and passion. His idea of balance meant going full bore at several seemingly unrelated things – but they all came together and informed one another, and made him a whole person. His friends and associates are acutely aware of the gap he leaves in our lives, and I believe our entire industry will feel it too.


Keith was a personal friend and neighbor of mine. Your report on his death struck the most perfect balance of his business persona. I and the rest of those who knew him well will miss him.

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