The Bessemer Blog

delighting customers is magic

August 2015
Ethan Kurzweil
18 months ago, I wrote about a new investment I had made in a small company called Intercom: customer loyalty is magic. The premise was that serving customers is the single most important job of any business – and businesses should employ the best, most...
 

BVP invests in Bastille Networks: First Cybersecurity Company for the Internet of Things

August 2015
Sunil James
“This is exactly the kind of team I’ve dreamt of backing since joining Bessemer.” Those were my closing words during the meeting where we approved our Series A investment in Bastille Networks. Since joining the partnership in July 2014, I’ve been exercising...
 

Scratch: unbreaking the internet for busy people.

July 2015
Kent Bennett
I hate shopping on the internet. Perhaps an odd thing for an ecommerce investor to admit, but I’m filled with dread when a search for a bathroom light fixture or a new bathing suit returns 10,638 options.  Please don’t ask me how much time I spent...
 

Spire: Using the power of pulses

June 2015
Sunil Nagaraj
When Russia launched Sputnik in 1957, its rhythmic beeping could be heard by anyone with an amateur radio. Earthbound engineers tracked its progress through orbit by triangulating the sound of the pulse from several locations. Although this technology was...
 

The Imitation Game (or, Why I Invested in Distil Networks)

June 2015
David Cowan
In 1950, the journal Mind published Alan Turing’s seminal paper, Computing Machinery and Intelligence, in which he proposed a behavioral definition of artificial intelligence. After all, if a machine can demonstrate intelligence, how can it not be said to...
 
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