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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, …

A New Scoring Methodology to Compare Seed and Series A Managers

At Bee Partners, we’re sometimes asked, “Why should I invest with you when I can instead invest with a Series A fund manager?” It’s a reasonable question. After all, with high loss ratios in the Seed phase, and with valuations loftier than ever, how do investors get paid for the additional risk? We’re dedicated to …

Beyond Ourselves and Beyond the Holidays

We wanted to make a holiday contribution and we wanted to do more than just write a check. So our Gina Songco, who is the glue who holds Bee together every day, looked around for a volunteer opportunity for Team Bee, and we chose Project Open Hand, a San Francisco charity that provides meals and …

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Brett Wilson

Michael was the first investor in TubeMogul... He took a risk on a team and a vision before anyone else was willing to do so.

We are glad he did as his contribution has been meaningful. In the early days he helped with our strategy, biz dev efforts and fundraising. Where he stands out from other investors is his persona: he's a consummate optimist and believer and inspires me every time we talk.
Brett Wilson Founder and CEO of TubeMogul
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
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
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