Ben Cmejla

Special Projects

My best days at First Round are when I get to reach out beyond my grasp. Early on, that meant supporting Josh Kopelman and learning how we help and grow our community. Now it involves leading Special Projects and resetting my convictions with every new startup that we meet and technology that we explore. I love that it’s my job to be inquisitive.

Outside of work, I try to convert my curiosity into actions and results. I studied Mandarin for years and moved to China to put it to use at private equity firm Asia Pacific Land. Wandering onto a rugby pitch at Middlebury led to joining a national championship team — and skills that would help me win the inaugural First Round potato sack race. Even plunging down the rabbit hole of Youtube cooking shows has had its benefits. I can now make the perfect grilled cheese for any founder who visits us.