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Milestone Unlocked: 60% of Bee I Founders achieve Series A

It’s pretty great around Bee HQ these days. … We’ve got a fully engaged, enthusiastic team.  The pipeline of opportunities is full of new innovation and disruption. And every single day, we do the work we love with Founders we deeply respect and learn from. And, as of last week, 60 percent of companies Bee Partners …

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 …

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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 (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
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