I had just been thinking about this topic this week. What an impressive list of professional accomplishments my former colleagues as Associates at Bessemer Venture Partners had racked up. I decided next time Bessemer was hiring for that role, I’d help them out (as if they needed any) by letting their potential candidates glimpse some potential futures. Sure enough, the blog post came just days later: Bessemer Venture Partners is hiring for a position in Menlo Park to focus on early stage consumer internet investing.
So, in rough chronological order, here are the current titles (with links to LinkedIn) of some of the Associates I worked with at Bessemer. (Apologies to any I missed of the top of my head.)
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Volition Capital (Growth Equity)
SIA, Bridgewater Associates (Hedge Fund)
Managing Director, Symphony Technology Group (Private Equity)
Analyst, Whale Rock Capital Management (Hedge Fund)
Private Company Advisor (After successful run as entrepreneur)
Founder & Managing Partner, Bloom Tree Partners (Hedge Fund)
Co-Founder and Partner, Aldrich Capital Partners (Private Equity)
SVP and GM, Big Data, HP (Tech)
Investor, Yiheng Capital (Hedge Fund)
Founder & CEO, Business Connect China (Market Research)
Partner, Light Street Capital (Hedge Fund)
Co-Founder, Generate Capital (Specialty Finance)
This list is obviously heavy with investors. Only three of these alums are at operating companies. But if you look more closely, six of these “financiers” actually founded their funds, requiring some serious entrepreneurial pluck. And don’t overlook the three that got back into investing after successful stints joining or founding start-ups. No matter how you cut it, the entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in this crew.
And the winner is: Larry. With LinkedIn ID# 24,866. Among a group that is supposed to be predicting the future of technology and business, that is impressive foresight. (There are four names with LinkedIn ID’s in the first 100,000, and 3 more in the next 100k.)
So if you’re considering the position at BVP, I for one cannot recommend it highly enough. Enjoy, and best of luck with everything.