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The Evaporation Theory Part 2: Government and Taxes

Think about it–up to 40% of your earnings seemingly evaporates from every paycheck! Last year, we published the first part in our Evaporation Theory, a living thesis on where the trail of money disappears and, thus, where we should look to invest into companies realigning the relative stack and extracting disproportionate economic rent. Then we …

Honored to Continue Our Support for the Hansoo Lee Fellowship

We would like to congratulate Leon Rodriguez of NecesitoDoc for being selected for the Hansoo Lee Fellowship. The Fellowship is an opportunity for Berkeley-Haas MBA students to pursue their passion similarly to our friend Hansoo Lee and we are so honored to partner with Leon to help improve people’s lives. Four years ago, Bee Partners …

Welcome to the Bee Team Tim Smith!

We are thrilled to announce that Tim Smith has joined us here at Bee Partners! We have known Tim for years through our mutual connection into UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck accelerator program, and we’ve been impressed with the quality of advisory services that he’s provided to earliest-stage teams. With an experience set packed with founder war stories, …

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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
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
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
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