Benchmark Capital Announces Two New EIRS

Benchmark Capital has announced that it’s brought two new entrepreneurs-in-residence aboard: Paul Davidson, formerly VP of business development at MetaWeb, and Daniel Hoffer, a director of product and program management at Symantec and the cofounder and COO of Couchsurfing.com, a online network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit. Benchmark now has six EIRs.

PRESS RELEASE:

Benchmark Capital is pleased to announce two new Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs): Paul Davison, former VP of Business Development for Metaweb, and Daniel Hoffer, former Symantec executive and Co-Founder, Chairman and COO of Couchsurfing.com. 

While at Benchmark, both will focus their efforts on new consumer Internet and related opportunities. 

The two follow in the footsteps of Benchmark Capital’s long line of successful EIR’s. Recent Benchmark EIRs include Marten Mickos (CEO of MySQL and Eucalyptus) and Jim Norris & Bret Taylor (FriendFeed). Benchmark’s EIR program has led to the launch of several significant new companies, including Ariba, Ambarella, Good Technologies and Palm/Handspring. 

Paul and Dan join current Benchmark EIR’s Rob Bearden, Michael Wolfe, and Sam Pullara & Luke Wroblewski. 

“Paul and Dan bring a diverse skill set and sharp talent to Benchmark’s EIR program, we are thrilled to have them on board,” said Kevin Harvey, general partner of Benchmark Capital.  

About Paul Davison: Paul was most recently the VP of Business Development for Metaweb (acquired by Google), where he focused on leading the company’s partnership activity, managing site integrations, and developing new product features. Prior to Metaweb, Paul developed brand advertising products for Google’s Business Operations unit. 

About Dan Hoffer: Dan was most recently a Director of Product and Program Management at Symantec, where he was responsible for “NortonLive.” He is also Co-Founder, Chairman and COO at Couchsurfing.com, an international non-profit network that connects travelers with locals in over 230 countries and territories around the world.