Seed Investment Strategy

Since mid-2015, investments into Seed-stage companies have been decreasing with the reduction in transactions (40 percent drop) outpacing the reduction in dollars (24 percent drop). Early funding is critical for founders to quit their day jobs to go full-time, build out the…

Proxy ROI

When assessing an investment opportunity for the enterprise, Bee Partners will always consider the product or service ROI for prospective or existing customers. This value generally comes in three forms: 1) increasing top-line revenue, 2) decreasing costs, or 3) eliminating FUD (fear,…

Stack Discipline

Since the advent of human computer interaction (HCI), technologists have striven to remove friction between user and machine. Each layer of technology or software that sits between the user and the end requirement she seeks forms a layer of abstraction and increases…

The Fallacy of Decreasing CAC

On the occasion of Blue Apron’s IPO and Ben Thompson’s discussion around CAC, (apologies for the paywall, but it’s worth it) we want to highlight the importance of understanding customer acquisition cost (CAC) both at any given time, and over time. Just…

The Case for Intelligent APIs

By Zach Thigpen, Garrett Goldberg, and Sahinaz Safari Imagine two different bars. They’re both in the same part of town, and they both have identical crowds, decor, and alcohol choices. One bar has a menu of drinks with each ingredient listed, so…

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…