Michael Berolzheimer of Bee Partners
Hall is joined by Michael Berolzheimer of Bee Partners. Bee Partners was founded in 2008 by Michael who has a Haas MBA with undergraduate degrees in business and computer science. Michael speaks about how he got into early stage investing. He started his journey in New York, with both investment banking and private equity. He then made his first angel investment in 2004 and has not looked back. He now invests across fifty four separate companies. Michael speaks about how his company came to be called Bee Partners as well as what they look for in a startup when investing. Hall and Michael also speak about what exactly Bee Partners wants the startup company to accomplish before they will invest. In this episode, you’ll also learn Michaels unique investment thesis. He believes pre seed is an outstanding place to generate excess return. Michael also shares what companies he has dealt with that fit his thesis.
About Michael– For Michael, entrepreneurship has been a lifelong 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. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with dual degrees in economics and computer science and earned an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.Michael then began his career in finance, first in investment banking and next in private equity. It was after he completed his first angel investment with Bear Naked Granola that his career took a different course, and he never looked back. Michael is known for his empathy for and understanding of entrepreneurs–having met and overcome many of 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 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.
About Bee Partners– Bee Partners was founded in 2008 by Michael Berolzheimer, a Haas MBA with undergraduate degrees in business and computer science. Garrett Goldberg (MBA, University of Washington) came on board as partner in 2013, bringing experience in commercial real estate, agribusiness, and professional sports. Kira Noodleman (MBA, Haas) and Tim Smith (experienced CEO and eight-time successful startup founder) joined Bee in 2017, rounding out the team with their expertise in software, design, startup, and blockchain. Bee Partners has created two funds since founding, Bee I and Bee II. Bee I is fully subscribed. Though Michael launched into investing with a consumer product, most of the portfolio’s companies are B2B. Notable investments include TubeMogul, Indiegogo, Tradesy, SkyCatch, Node, Embroker, and Identify3D.
You can find Bee Partners at http://beepartners.vc/
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