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 Forbes.com, 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 http://www.forthebenjaminfamily.blogspot.com. Remember to sign your name so the family knows who it is from. (From Levensohn Venture Partners web site.)

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