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Summer Internship and Striking Gold

When I announced to friends that I would be spending my summer working for a venture capital firm, they seemed surprised. The role didn’t match the liberal thinking that I usually live by. But I was the first one to realize that I did not appreciate the full scope and breadth of venture capital activities. …

Patience Pays Dividends: Four Recent Success Stories

Neither venture investing nor startup is for the faint of heart. A lot of people think that’s because of the spectacular rises and falls we read about in the headlines (electric scooters! ICOs!), and there is a certain roller-coaster aspect to the squiggly line that is entrepreneurship. But the real test we’ve discovered is about patience. Phenomenal patience …

Our Investment in Voltaiq: Enabling Robust Battery Systems

Bee Partners is pleased to announce our investment in Voltaiq, a team that is revolutionizing how transportation, energy storage, and electronics companies ensure performance, predictability and reliability in the battery systems that power their products. See coverage in Pitchbook, Greentech Media, and PR Newswire. Battery technology has emerged as the clear front-runner in the sustainable …

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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
Christina McAlpin

I consider Garrett not only a business partner and advisor, but a loyal friend on the entrepreneurial path.  

He is intelligent and insightful, and his positive energy has been a constant source of encouragement.  He combines excellent targeted advice with an easygoing demeanor.  Garrett is my first call when things go right or wrong and we're lucky to have him on our team!
Christina McAlpin Founder and CEO of Direct Local Food
Ryan Jones

I’ve partnered with Michael on a couple ventures now and I’m very excited to be working with him again at Florence Healthcare (http://florencehc.com/).

Michael has three personal attributes that have been helpful to me: First he’s a ‘big node’ - he knows a broad range of folks that can help your business. Second, he’s very effective at seeing the big picture and doesn’t get bogged down in time wasters. Finally, he’s absolutely above board – he’ll give you the straight story and expects the same.
Ryan Jones Co-Founder and CEO of Florence Healthcare
Leo Shapiro

Bee Partners has been a crucial player in helping build our company from the beginning.

Michael and Garrett have an unusual skill set combination, very helpful at the pre-seed stage, and have a great network to help early companies grow.
Leo Shapiro Founder and Chief Evangelist of Airbanq