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Benjamin Grol


Benjamin is a Partner and the Head of Growth at Atomico, where he focuses on helping portfolio companies grow and evaluates new investment opportunities. His areas of focus are consumer applications, subscription/SaaS businesses, marketplaces/e-commerce, games, FinTech, and HealthTech.

Benjamin has led growth workshops and coached executive teams of TrueCaller, H&M, Rovio, Masterclass, Monzo, Yousician, Habito, Farmdrop, Gympass, CloudNC, Hinge Health, Quid, Bossa Games, Rekki, Pipedrive, GoEuro, JobandTalent, Uniplaces, Mapillary, LendInvest, SmartNews, and several other pre-seed companies.

Prior to Atomico, Benjamin worked in product and growth leadership roles on four billion-user products: Gmail, Google Maps, Facebook, and Facebook Messenger. Some of Benjamin's notable launches include growth features that added tens of millions of monthly active users to Facebook, place reviews and photo uploads in Google Maps, and an enterprise-grade contact manager for Gmail for Enterprise.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Benjamin has a BS degree in computer science from Stanford University and an AOS in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America (and completed some night school classes in automotive repair at Skyline College).

Benjamin dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a professional chef. He worked in some excellent restaurants across the US, Italy, and France refining his craft, but eventually the draw of bits over bites was too much for him to resist.

As a member of Class 23, Benjamin is serving his fellowship at Atomico under the mentorship of Atomico Partner Hiro Tamura.