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Facebook Acquires tbh! A Founder Who Crushed It.

Steadfast. Resolute. Full of grit and in the grip of a passion. These are the words that come to mind when thinking about Bee Founder (and Cal grad) Nikita Bier whose company, tbh, was acquired by Facebook on October 16. See the story on TechCrunch here. Bee Partners invested with Nikita and his team in May …

Working on a Mystery: Optimism in Dark Times

Ask anyone who knows me—my capacity for optimism is off the charts. As a newborn I had a “baby bottle half-full” frame of mind. And yeah, there’s a substantial feedback loop in my career that has nurtured and supported that. Who would want a pessimistic venture capitalist, even if such a thing were possible? Especially …

Team Bee Values

The financial valuation of any company—any deal, any enterprise—is prominent in Bee Partners’ thoughts as we consider, plan, and proceed with investment decisions. But what’s less understood is how much of our thinking is driven by a set of other values we hold deeply. We express these values in both business and human terms on …

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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
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 (

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