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Ben Black

BS 91, Law '97

General Partner
New Cycle Capital (San Francisco, CA)


Ben Black is the co-founder and General Partner of New Cycle Capital, a venture capital firm focused on investing in businesses that promote The Sustainable Economy. Black was previously on the investment teams at Maveron, a consumer-focused venture capital firm founded by Howard Schultz, the Chairman of Starbucks, and Rosewood Capital, a consumer-focused private equity firm. He has been integral to investments that include two Inc. 500 award winners, Allconnect and, and also Internet REIT, OnRequest Images, Citizenhawk and SneakerVilla.

As an entrepreneur, Black was VP of Corporate Development for a team that transformed Harris Interactive into the leading internet-based market research firm, culminating into a successful IPO and now generates more than $250M in revenue. By training, Black is an attorney and worked at Latham & Watkins after clerking on the Federal Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 1997.


Black earned both his Bachelors of Arts and his Juris Doctor degrees at Cornell University.

Board Affiliations

Black currently serves on the boards of SneakerVilla and Citizenhawk. He is also on the board of One By One, a non-profit.