Ben Sontheimer

Ben Sontheimer

CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER

Ben is a Co-founder and Partner of Elizabeth Street Ventures. He brings 20+ years of experience evaluating consumer-focused businesses across public and private markets, launching and growing investment funds and investing in brands globally.

Prior to Elizabeth Street, he launched and was Managing Partner at Vault Partners, an equity long/short fund with a global consumer mandate, which he grew to $250M in assets. Previously, Ben was the co-founder at Javelin Partners, a U.S.-focused consumer long/short equity fund that grew from an initial investment of $800K to over $300M. As a public markets investor, Ben took a thematic long-term approach, targeting businesses and brands experiencing exceptional changes in growth and aimed to hold investments through the full trajectory of their success.

Ben’s successful private market investments include: Capital IQ (acquired by McGraw-Hill in 2004), New Oriental Education (IPO in 2005), TrueCar (IPO in 2014), LendingClub (IPO in 2014). His notable early investments in the public markets include: Odwalla, Audible, Expedia, Mobile Mini, Tractor Supply, Coach, Peet’s Coffee, New Oriental Education, Align Technology, WisdomTree, Moncler.

Ben began his career as a short seller at Rice Voelker, covering retail and consumer stocks. He then worked as a consumer analyst at Gilder Gagnon Howe, a $10B equities manager. He had a Grant in Creative Writing at Skidmore College. Ben graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature.