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Our principles connect us to our mission and to one another, and we uphold them every day. They also guide founder selection and help us determine fit.

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Chat is the New Search; Customer Service is the New Marketing

At Bee Partners, we’ve developed a set of criteria to evaluate effective conversational commerce enterprises and identify prime seed-stage investment opportunities. Drawing on our well-established core positions in the application, “handshake,” and infrastructure layers for human-computer systems, we’ve charted trajectories over the next cycle pointing to likely wholesale adoption of conversational commerce and NLP (natural …

Why Blockchain? And Why a Blockchain Award from a VC?

We are grateful for our event partners and sponsors: Blockchain Capital, Blockchain at Berkeley, SkyDeck, Accel, General Catalyst, Scalar Capital, Samsung Next, CryptoParency, and Run8 Patent Group. We have big news to share: Bee Partners is hosting a series of events, the Frontier Innovation Awards 2018: Blockchain, presented by CalFounders, that will culminate in recognition …

Our Investments in Market Networks and a Congrats to Knowde

We’re thrilled to announce our investment in Knowde, a market network for chemicals and ingredients. By enabling chemists and other researchers to intelligently search in the course of new product development, Knowde reinvents the discovery process and marketplace experience for both chemical producers and consumers. We led the round, with participation from Refactor Capital, 8VC, …

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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 (

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
Christian Sanz

Bee Partners was our first investor, and they've always been a firm believer in the potential of Skycatch.

Michael's constructive feedback, strategic insight, and invaluable guidance were essential in helping us get our ideas off the ground, and grow our business. The entire firm truly embodies our core values (Humble, Nimble & Reliable); and, without our infinite late night calls, and the integral relationships he helped build, we wouldn't be where we are today. We're fortunate to have Michael's voice & vision within Skycatch.
Christian Sanz Founder and CEO of Skycatch
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
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