Founder, Managing Partner, CEO
2009 - Present (about 11 years)
Benjamin Gordon founded Cambridge Capital, a private equity firm in West Palm Beach, to invest in transportation, logistics, and supply chain technology. Benjamin is CEO and...more Managing Partner. Cambridge partners have helped build major businesses in this field. Cambridge believes in investing 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 https://cambridgecapital.com/.
Founder, Managing Partner, CEO
2002 - Present (about 18 years)
Benjamin Gordon founded BG Strategic Advisors (BGSA), a well-known investment banking firm in West Palm Beach, to help companies in transportation, logistics, supply chain,...more and technology. Benjamin is CEO and Managing Partner. The firm provides CEOs with 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.
For more information, visit https://bgstrategicadvisors.com/.
Benjamin Gordon founded SUPPLY CHAINS to explore how old-economy transportation meets new-economy technology. In 1869, Leland Stanford drove the Golden Spike into the ground...more in Utah, creating the first coast-to-coast railroad. Today, new-economy supply chain leaders have learned how to harness the power of technology. SUPPLY CHAINS explores this intersection. Writers explore the future, assess implications in logistics, and discuss investment ideas.
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, Founder and Editor-in-Chief · Exploring the convergence of old-economy transportation and new-economy technology, and the resulting… · More ideas, opportunities, companies, and investments that emerge from it.
Author · "Amateurs talk strategy. Professionals talk logistics." General Omar Bradley is believed to have made this declaration after World… · More War II. Since then, logistics has become more important to our world than ever before. In the military, successful logistics has been the difference between winning and losing.
Author · Why Amazon Bought Whole Foods, What They've Done Post-Deal, and Where They Go Next. In short - it's all about distribution. Amazon… · More gained 465 locations from which to provide same-day logistics to nearly all of the United States.
Interviewee · The doomed IPO of WeWork parent We Co. is likely to pressure technology companies to embrace more robust corporate governance and… · More discourage features such as tiered voting shares that fueled investor ire. That's according to Benjamin Gordon, CEO.
Author · It starts with General Bradley in World War II. How did the United States defeat Hitler's army? Fifty years later, what enabled General… · More Franks to push Saddam Hussein out of Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom?
Interviewee · In today's episode of the Future of Supply Chain podcast, Santosh interviews Ben Gordon of Cambridge Capital. Ben and Santosh discuss… · More how Ben got involved in the supply chain industry, investing in the supply chain, building a winning team, and strategic advice for logistics companies.
Interviewee · By: Santosh Sankar & Matt McHugh. In the latest Future of Supply Chain podcast episode, Benjamin Gordon of Cambridge Capital joined… · More Santosh to talk about Ben's entry into the supply chain industry, current private equity trends, and the areas of supply chain that are thriving despite the current recession.
Author · Why Whole Foods Was a Backdoor Logistics Strategy. It's been two years since Amazon bought Whole Foods. At the time, analysts touted the… · More deal as an Amazon initiative to dominate food retail. But is that what really happened? Looking back and looking forward, what can we learn about Amazon's goals and strategy?
Benjamin seeks 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
* 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 the most successful business-builder of his era. Rockefeller dominated industry by finding a strategic control point in oil refineries. Logistics was a key element!
What's your favorite non-business book?
My most recent favorite non-business book: Red Notice by Bill Browder. A true story of John Grisham-esque battles between Bill Browder and the Russian state! Bad Blood was a fantastic real-life drama too. And my all-time favorite classic 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?
I am motivated by the idea of helping great entrepreneurs to succeed in the supply chain sector. I am trying to provide what I would have wanted in my first company. I also care about reducing American dependence on oil. More green supply chains!
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!