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The Case for Intelligent APIs

By Zach Thigpen, Garrett Goldberg, and Sahinaz Safari Imagine two different bars. They’re both in the same part of town, and they both have identical crowds, decor, and alcohol choices. One bar has a menu of drinks with each ingredient listed, so you order knowing full well every component that will go into it. At …

Our congratulations to grads – and our special love for Cal

It never gets old. Every year, I attend several college graduation events.  And yes, there’s a certain sameness to them – flip the tassel, “Pomp and Circumstance,” and mortarboards in the air, not necessarily in that order – but I swear they never get old. There’s really nothing like the convergence of those two powerful …

The Evaporation Theory Part 2: Government and Taxes

Think about it–up to 40% of your earnings seemingly evaporates from every paycheck! Last year, we published the first part in our Evaporation Theory, a living thesis on where the trail of money disappears and, thus, where we should look to invest into companies realigning the relative stack and extracting disproportionate economic rent. Then we …

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Brett Wilson

Michael was the first investor in TubeMogul... He took a risk on a team and a vision before anyone else was willing to do so.

We are glad he did as his contribution has been meaningful. In the early days he helped with our strategy, biz dev efforts and fundraising. Where he stands out from other investors is his persona: he's a consummate optimist and believer and inspires me every time we talk.
Brett Wilson Founder and CEO of TubeMogul
Jason Langheier

Michael is one of the most productively engaged investors I've ever had.

He evaluated Zipongo both on our mission and our business, and then rolled up his sleeves, working in our office for 2-3 days a week for a period of time, helping with everything from Sales to Product to Finance, when we most needed the help and wisdom. He loves startups and seeing them through their early proof points, and also able to dish important constructive feedback. He's efficient and diligent about his contributions, and, he's fun to work with. Bee Partners is building an impressive portfolio, and what I admire about Michael, is that he's helping the earliest stage entrepreneurs who have a passion for building something meaningful, get their idea off their ground. In starting a company, Michael would be one of the first people I speak with going forward, and I expect Bee Partners will soon be spoken in the same sentence with Founder Collective, SV Angels, True Partners and First Round Capital (probably with Bee as the first investor in for a lot of great newcos).
Jason Langheier Founder and CEO of Zipongo
Joey Flores

Michael is an investor in Earbits through his firm Bee Partners. Aside from being a super friendly, down to earth guy, he constantly tries to add value in any way he can and is full of spot-on advice.

He's the type of investor that you can as readily share troubling information with as good, and expect to receive the same, level headed and thoughtful approach to helping you move the ball forward. Michael once emailed me out of the blue and said he felt he wasn't doing enough to support us, and offered up a list of things he could do for us. I told him I needed some advice on a matter and he said we needed some analysis on it before we could really know what the right thing to do was. He then proceeded, over the next day or two, to do the majority of that analysis for us and provide the documentation we needed to have visibility to make the right decision. Every entrepreneur wants investors who will go the extra mile for them, which is why I highly recommend that any entrepreneur who has the opportunity join forces with Berolzheimer and Bee Partners.
Joey Flores Founders and CEO of Earbits
Hansoo Lee

Michael was one of the lead investors in Magoosh’s seed round. A lot of investors say they offer more than just capital.

With Michael, I can truly say that is the case. First, he took the time to get to know us as people - what our strengths are, what our blind spots may be, and how we want to make a dent in the world. As a result, over the course of the early stages of Magoosh, he has been able to astutely assess where he can directly help, where he can’t, or where he can connect us to the right person who can. Second, there’s never been a time when he hasn’t been available for us. Whether it’s a call late at night to talk through a pressing issue or meeting for a couple of hours to talk through strategic issues, I haven’t run into a situation where he hasn’t been willing and able to contribute his time. Michael is an entrepreneur’s investor. He has been an extremely valuable part of the greater Magoosh team and gets my highest recommendation.
Hansoo Lee Founder and CEO of Magoosh