Benjamin Black is the Managing Director & Co-founder of Akkadian Ventures, investing in growth-stage technology companies and providing alternative liquidity solutions to entrepreneurs, angel investors, VC funds, and employees. Ben is a 16-year veteran of the private equity space, and has managed successful investments in Splunk, DocuSign, RocketFuel, Palantir, Cloudmark, Ooyala, Citizenhawk, The Villa, Automattic and Telephia. Prior to Akkadian, Ben co-founded New Cycle Capital with Josh Becker to bring socially responsible investing to sectors like clean energy and social finance with seed investments in Renewable Funding and Opower. He started his investing career on the investment teams at Maveron and Rosewood Capital where he focused on branded consumer products and services. As a hobby, Ben enjoys developing restaurants and partnered with Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino to bring Cockscomb to SOMA.