Founder, Managing Partner, CEO
2009 - Present (over 10 years)
Benjamin Gordon founded Cambridge Capital, a private equity firm, to invest in transportation, logistics, distribution, and the supply chain sector. Benjamin serves as CEO...more and Managing Partner. Cambridge's partners have helped build major companies in this field. Cambridge's philosophy is to invest in founder-led companies. Cambridge brings operating expertise and in-depth supply chain knowledge to help top teams grow their businesses.
For more information, see www.CambridgeCapital.com.
Founder, Managing Partner, CEO
2002 - Present (over 17 years)
Benjamin Gordon founded BG Strategic Advisors (BGSA), an investment banking firm, to help companies in transportation, logistics, distribution, and the supply chain industry....more Benjamin serves as CEO and Managing Partner. The firm specializes in providing CEOs with the tools to maximize value. Services include buy-side, sell-side, strategic advisory, capital raising, and more. Clients have included firms like YRC, GENCO, DHL, NFI, and others.
Benjamin Gordon founded EcoSquid as an ecommerce marketplace to help consumers resell or recycle used cell phones, laptops, and mobility devices. After less than 3 years,...more sold the company to a public digital marketing firm.
Benjamin Gordon founded 3PLex as a web-based transportation management system. 3PLex was one of the pioneers in internet logistics. The company raised $28 million over 3 years....more Sold to Maersk, which then sold to IBM.
Strategy consultant at Corporate Decisions, Inc. (CDI), in Boston and Paris. Worked with transportation, technology, and other companies to help them pursue innovation and...more growth. CDI sold to Mercer Management Consulting, and has since been rebranded as Oliver Wyman.
GesherCity is a non-profit that helps Jewish young adults get connected to their new communities, and helps them get involved in volunteerism. It has a technology component...more and a human component. Ben Gordon founded GesherCity in 1997 in Boston, and helped it to expand into 20 communities. GesherCity then merged with the JCCA. At that point, Gordon became a board member for the JCCA.
Author · Over the past decade, there has been explosive growth of new technologies and businesses. The digital economy has dramatically accelerated the… · More speed of innovation, user adoption, and information sharing, as technologies evolve faster and permeate more broadly than ever before.
I worked with my team to research and write an analysis of how corporate giants are responding to the challenge of high-growth technology startups.
Author · The U.S. has historically enjoyed a global economic advantage in part due to superior supply chains. It started in 1956, when Malcom McLean… · More invented the modern intermodal shipping container, and founded Sealand – A Maersk Company. It continued when FedEx built a next-day model in Memphis. And it accelerated when @Amazon pioneered its Prime program.
Today, technology drives competitive advantage in logistics. One key driver is robotics, which can be applied to storage, retrieval, transportation, pick/pack/ship, forklifts, and more.
Nowhere are these investments more aggressive than in China. China leads the world in industrial robots, representing more than 30 percent of the market. Quicktron Robotics was founded 5 years ago. It has already won Alibaba.com and scaled up to sell over 5,000 robots. @Geek+ is raising another $150 million, from GGV Capital, D1 Capital Partners, and Warburg Pincus LLC. And ecommerce adopters like JD Logistics and STO Express are investing heavily.
Will China emerge as the winner in logistics technology, and hence in supply chain as a whole?
Author · In the world of e-commerce fulfillment, we have experienced a golden age for logistics providers. For two decades, the market has grown at a… · More rate of better than 20 percent, fueled by the explosion of e-commerce providers like Amazon. A rising tide lifted all boats, and thousands of e-commerce fulfillment companies benefited from the broad range of successful e-tailers.
Interview with Benjamin Gordon, Cambridge Capital CEO
Founder, advisor, and investor in many of the top companies in transportation, logistics, and supply chain technology, including Cambridge Capital, BG… · More Strategic Advisors, EcoSquid, and 3PLex. Benjamin's mission is to help talented entrepreneurs build top-quality logistics and supply chain companies. He seeks to provide not just capital, but also strategic insight, connectivity to top people and companies in the sector, operational know-how, technology expertise, and an understanding of how to use M&A to maximize value.
Interviewee · Benjamin Gordon from Cambridge Capital and BGSA in Palm Beach appears on CNBC, where he is interviewed on Squawk Box and "The Future… · More of Business" program. Topics include technology, innovation, logistics, supply chain, and the outlook for the coming year.
Article by Benjamin Gordon in Data Driven Investing
Author · The healthcare logistics market is booming. On July 15, healthcare logistics powerhouse Marken announced three acquisitions. Austria-based… · More HETO, Hungary-based Der Kurier, and Italy-based HRTL all agreed to sell. Marken, in turn, was previously acquired by UPS, in an effort to create a life sciences supply chain leader.
Q&A with Cambridge Capital's Benjamin Gordon on Logistics
Benjamin Gordon is the Managing Partner for Cambridge Capital, a leading investor, advisor and partner for companies in the supply chain and technology… · More sector. Prior to Cambridge Capital, Benjamin founded 3PLex, the Internet solution enabling third-party logistics companies to automate their business.
Benjamin Gordon is Managing Partner and CEO for Cambridge Capital, a private equity firm investing in transportation, logistics, and supply chain technology companies. Benjamin is also Managing Partner for BG Strategic Advisors (BGSA), a leading investment banking firm in the supply chain sector. BGSA specializes in helping CEOs to maximize their companies’ value via mergers, acquisitions, capital-raising, merchant banking, and other strategic initiatives.
Prior to Cambridge, Benjamin Gordon founded 3PLex, the web-based transportation management system (TMS) for the logistics sector. He raised $28 million from blue-chip investors including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BancBoston Ventures, Con-Way, and Ionian. 3PLex has since been sold to Maersk.
Benjamin Gordon graduated from Yale College and Harvard Business School. He has been published in Fortune, CNBC, Supply Chain 24/7, Logistics Quarterly, Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management Review, and elsewhere.
Ben looks for outstanding companies in the supply chain sector with the following characteristics:
* Leadership in a core area of the supply chain - which can include transportation, logistics, or technology
* High growth rate
* Passionate and committed management team
* A clear use of proceeds
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
Titan by Ron Chernow. The definitive biography of John D Rockefeller, who was arguably the most successful business-builder in modern history!
What's your favorite non-business book?
My most recent favorite non-business book is Red Notice by Bill Browder. A true story of John Grisham-esque battles between Bill Browder and the Russian state! Bad Blood was a spectacular real-life drama too. But my all-time favorite is Ulysses.
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Studying, reading, and teaching public policy. And continuing to help startups grow in supply chain and technology.
What words of advice would you give your younger self?
Build relationships with honest, trustworthy, high-integrity people. As Buffett has said, you are the average of the five people closest to you!
What's the most creative thing you've ever done?
Start a non-profit helping young adults connect to their new communities. GesherCity has made an impact on over 100,000 members over the last 20+ years.
Which founders or startups do you most admire?
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, John Rockefeller... and Malcolm McLain, the father of containerized shipping. Without Malcolm McLain, there would be no Walmart, no Maersk, and no modern economy!
What's your super power?
Synthesizing lots of information to figure out the truth. Evelyn Woods Speed Reading is a terrific investment!
What's the best way for people to get in touch with you?
Focus! Time is your scarcest resource. Will you apply your energy in a focused way, on the things that matter most, or will you be distracted by alerts, alarms, emails, messages, and other time-stealers?
What aspects of your work are you most passionate about?
Helping great entrepreneurs to succeed in the supply chain sector
And reducing American dependence on oil
What was the most impactful class you took in school?
International Diplomacy. Charlie Hill was a fantastic teacher and I was lucky to have him as a source of inspiration.
What's something you wish you had done years earlier?
Start more companies. The creative process of a startup is all-consuming, but like any skill, you get better with repetition.
What's an obstacle you've overcome?
Every startup is full of obstacles. When I started 3PLex, I had never started a company and knew very little about what a great CEO needs to do. I had to learn how to recruit stars, how to build a product, and how to scale. I am still learning!