Investment

Team

Ben Ling

General Partner

Ben is the Founder and General Partner of Bling Capital. He has backed 10 "unicorn" billion dollar companies, with the best yet to come.

Previously, Ben was a General Partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focused on consumer, Internet, mobile, marketplace, SaaS and consumer health businesses. There, he led investments in Wattpad, Tapingo, Gitlab, True Accord, Webflow, among many others.

Previously, Ben served in senior operating roles at Google, YouTube and Facebook. He also is an active angel investor with early stakes in Airtable, Lyft, Square, Palantir, Quora, Gusto, Udemy and others.

While at Google, he served as Senior Director of Search and Local Business Products, which included overseeing Google Images, Videos, Books, News and Finance. At YouTube, Ben was Senior Director of Partnerships and Platform, where he was responsible for music, movies, sports and news, as well as mobile, television and API partnerships. In his first role at Google, he was the founder and general manager of Google’s commerce group, which includes Google Wallet and Google Shopping.

At Facebook, Ben was the first director of the Facebook platform and oversaw the development of the company’s developer ecosystem. He also led product, marketing, developer operations and partner solutions. Ben played a crucial role in developing Facebook Connect, which helped grow Facebook across the web.

Ben holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) from UC Berkeley, and a M.S. and PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. Ben is a Department of Defense fellow and a recipient of UC Berkeley’s Bechtel Achievement Award, given to the top graduating senior from the College of Engineering.

Charles Yu

Principal

Charles is a Principal at Bling Capital, where he focuses on consumer, SaaS, and fintech deals.

Prior, Charles was an investment associate at TI Platform Management (Trusted Insight), where he helped launch the firm’s growth stage investment program and was also an investor on the fund of funds side. Earlier in his career, he worked at Manhattan Venture Partners, New York Angels, and Bowery Capital where he led due diligence in technology companies from seed to pre-IPO stage.

Throughout his career, Charles has led investments in over $200M in aggregate transaction value. Select investments include Airbnb, DocuSign, Flipkart, Lyft, Palantir, Pinterest, SpaceX, Spotify, and Zocdoc.

Charles was named to the 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 in Venture Capital. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Charlie Pinto

Principal

Charlie is a Principal at Bling Capital and a Y Combinator alumnus. Charlie is also a Program Manager at Google and an angel investor.

Charlie is focused on SaaS, enterprise, marketplace, and consumer health deals.

At Google, Charlie led operations for Google Domains, scaling product market fit, and also leads a group inside the CIO organization that builds and procures Enterprise technologies.

Previously, Charlie was the co-founder and CEO of SlidePay. SlidePay was backed by Y Combinator, Initialized Capital, and DCVC. SlidePay was acqui-hired by Rocket Lawyer in 2014. At Rocket Lawyer, Charlie was Director of Product Management and Director of Business Development, where he led the company into a partnership with Stripe to launch Stripe Atlas.

Charlie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Logistics, Transportation, and Supply Chain from the University of Maryland. At UMD, Charlie was an NCAA Division I athlete. He was a 3x team captain, leading the team from 87th to top-15 in four years. He was also an Atlantic Coast Conference Champion and was ranked as high as 7th in the country in his weight class.

In his spare time, Charlie recently became a Brazilian Jiujitsu World Championship Finalist.

Ankur Pansari

Principal

Ankur is the Founder and General Partner of Divide by Zero Rolling Fund and Principal at Bling Capital.

He’s an angel investor in over forty companies with two becoming unicorns. His portfolio includes Carta, Philz Coffee, Wealthfront, Periscope Data (acquired), Lever, Memsql, Pillow (acquired), and dozens more.

During his career, Ankur has founded numerous companies: An angel investment fund. A real estate business with properties featured on national television (and more in development). Artillery, an unsuccessful gaming platform where he raised over $11m and sold part of the company to a top 5 Internet company. An importing company called Favo that he sold in 2010. A social networking company in 2003 that got obliterated by Facebook. There’s probably some more also.

Earlier in his career, Ankur spent four years at Facebook working on partnerships where he preloaded Facebook on 100m devices. Before that, Ankur worked at Google on Google Toolbar where as an engineer, his team distributed 900m Toolbars and won Google’s OC Award, its second highest honor.

Ankur has a BS in Applied Math, a BS in Optical Engineering, and a minor in Physics from the University of Rochester. At the time, Stanford did not give him financial aid; however, they did not give him admission either.

He spends his free time with his wife, walking his dog, and arbitraging Magic the Gathering cards.

Eric Theis

Investor

Eric is an investor at Bling Capital, where he focuses on marketplace, SaaS, data products, and automation deals.

He is concurrently a software engineer at Flexport where he builds marketplace, finance, and payments products supporting multiple billions of dollars in transactions. Prior to that, he built software at Barefoot Networks (acq: Intel) for the 6.5 Tb/s and 12.8 Tb/s generations of reprogrammable switches for software-defined networking.

Throughout his career, Eric has also built analytics infrastructure for Facebook’s advertising platform, improved Instagram's ability to detect fake accounts, conducted research with superconducting quantum interference devices, and designed deal discovery and diligence data automations with World Innovation Lab.

Eric holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.