Team

Michael Berolzheimer

For Michael Berolzheimer, entrepreneurship has been a life-long passion. Founder and Managing Partner of Bee Partners, Michael launched his first business at 11 and interned at an early Social Network startup at 13.

This passion focused his education, and he graduated from Vanderbilt University with dual degrees in Economics and Computer Science and holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Michael began his career in finance, first in investment banking and next in private equity.  And it was after he completed his first angel investment with Bear Naked Granola that took his career a different course, and he never looked back.

Michael is known for his empathy and understanding for entrepreneurs– based on his meeting and overcoming their same challenges in his own startups. He possesses an uncanny ability to network and bring together the right players for each project Bee Partners engages with. Perhaps most importantly, he grasps the big picture situation quickly, he identifies and sizes up opportunity, and sees the clearest path to success.

Michael resides in the East Bay with his wife and young family, and enjoys spending time in the mountains.

Garrett Goldberg

Garrett Goldberg brings with him a wealth of investing and operating experience, integrity, and insight to Bee Partners.

Garrett graduated from Stanford University in 2003, and spent the next decade building a unique portfolio of people, projects and passions. Beginning in the Bay Area, Garrett worked with the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers, where he developed revenue models and talent evaluation metrics.

In 2006 he returned to his native Idaho to develop commercial real estate, including office and retail developments, portfolio management, and consulting.  He leveraged this community service to expand his sphere of influence, joining the Boise Angel Alliance in 2009, leading the Screening Committee and participating in over 25 fund investments across multiple funds.  During this period Garrett obtained his MBA from the University of Washington, while co-founding a technology startup in the farm-to-table space and forming a non-profit promoting best practices in sustainable agriculture.

An entrepreneur at heart, the Bay Area drew him back in 2013. He loves the optimism, the energy and the passion of entrepreneurship he finds here, and the integrity, intelligence, and empathy for startups that he’s found at Bee Partners. Helping ventures is his adventure, along with traveling, skiing, golfing and putting the puck into the net.

Hear Garrett’s ‘Generating Killer Dealflow for Angel Investors’ podcast here:
http://angelinvestingpodcast.com/015

Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Tim Smith has been a serial entrepreneur since age 15. He has been on the founding team, the founder / CEO, or early stage advisor / investor in dozens of companies.

After graduating with a dual major B.S. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (Management Science and Marketing), Tim entered Big Eight (at the time) consulting as a Manager with Ernst & Whinney / Ernst & Young with IT clients including Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Borland, and others.  He was instrumental in creating E&Y’s Manufacturing Resource Center in San Jose in the late-80’s.

Leaving E&Y, Tim founded Red Sky Interactive in San Francisco, one of the five earliest high-profile interactive agencies in the country  (with funding by Omnicom, NY).  Tim ran Red Sky as CEO for almost 10 years, growing from 1 employee to over 400, and was responsible for many milestone projects in the industry including Nike’s first website, the first interactive ad banner, and recognition as the third most awarded agency in the world in 2001.  Red Sky was acquired in 2001 by Agency.com New York.

Tim was the first interactive board member of New York’s One Club, President of the Cannes Lions jury in 2000, a 15 year member of ad-tech’s Advisory Board, frequent public speaker, and the current representative to the board for Berkeley’s SkyDeck accelerator, where he is also a Venture Advisor and director of the Design component of SkyDeck’s Berkeley Accelerator Method program.

Tim has a deep hands-on appreciation of ground-up venture creation and the requisite empathy, creativity, and passion that is needed to fuel early stage growth.  Founders see “one of them” in Tim and view him as a trusted partner and advocate.

Tim lives in Marin county with his surfing / all-outdoors family.  He also juggles.

Kira Noodleman

Kira Noodleman enjoys tackling problems in disruptive industries and across cultures, and is currently completing her final year at the Haas School of Business. Her appreciation for skillful risk-taking attracted her to entrepreneurship, and ultimately to her post-MBA role in venture capital at Bee Partners.

While at Haas, Kira participated in Cleantech to Market, a partnership between graduate students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and industry professionals to accelerate the commercialization of emerging cleantech, and developed a Cyclotron Road wave-energy start-up’s go-to-market plan. Kira also joined LAUNCH,the University of California’s leading startup accelerator, based on Steve Blank’s Lean Launchpad curriculum. She took on a role as one of LAUNCH’s mentor-startup liaisons, acting as an interface between and among the accelerator’s 24 cross-industry startup teams, the Berkeley entrepreneurial ecosystem, and Silicon Valley mentors.  

Before arriving at Haas, Kira worked as a product manager in emerging markets, supporting financial services, ‘gamified’ e-commerce, and data visualization projects. Her last project prior to enrolling at Haas was as program manager for Google’s Project Ara, where she was one of the driving forces in creating a disruptive hardware ecosystem to deliver the mobile internet to 6 billion people—an industry game-changer. She co-led a 35-person team charged with designing and implementing the project’s minimum viable product (MVP) at its launch in Puerto Rico.

Advisors

Our extended family

Company support extends beyond the capabilities of our core team, and we call upon these domain experts as needed.

Whitney Bouck

Enterprise software executive

Whitney brings 25 years of experience in leadership, strategy, sales, marketing, and general management.

David Atkins-Maters

Operations Guy

David helped make ideas into reality at Apple and Google, and helps advise startups on how to get their organization from A->Z. He helps Bee understand technical acumen of portfolio companies before and after investment.

Brett Wilson

Scaling

Brett helps startups focus on what matters to win

Brendan Synnott

Building businesses, teams, and brands

Brendan builds businesses that lead by example, teams worth believing in and brands that achieve without conforming

Ian Sweeney

Product Guy

Ian has launched and grown products all over the world and across multiple consumer and commercial markets

Cormac Eubanks

Taking you from napkin sketch to tooling

Cormac designs and engineers hardware and product strategy

Nathan Dintenfass

Storyteller

Nathan bridges the gap between engineering and business to make all your decisions better

Cynthia Maxey

Pitch Coach

Cynthia gets you ready…and confident for that big presentation

Paisley Schade

The name, the identity

Paisley crafts the stories that transform startups into brands, and customers into advocates

Wes Selke

Numbers guy

Wes enjoys helping startups figure out how they will both make money and do good

Ted Kuh

Strat Swami

Ted  has a proven track record in advising boards and executive management on strategic and growth capital transactions in the retail and consumer industries