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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 …

Deeper Forays into the Idea Economy

The idea economy is a fascinating, constantly unfolding universe of possibilities that will facilitate commerce and empower us to build better lives. At Bee Partners, it’s our privilege to sit right at the edge of that frontier curve of innovation with some of the most brilliant business minds and makers of our generation. The latest …

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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
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
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
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