Bob Goodman, the founding partner in Bessemer’s New York office, joined the firm in 1998. He focuses on investments in software, mobile, and communications.
Bob is currently a member of the board of directors of mobile application management company Apperian; mobile video session software developer Vasona Networks; next-generation camera manufacturer Light; diversified SMB software company LogicNow; unified communications (‘‘UC’’) services provider Thinking Phones Networks; enterprise cloud management company Intigua; developer of virtualized mobile network infrastructure Affirmed Networks; software and service for IP and IA management provider Anaqua; and provider of SaaS based information security apps for enterprises CloudLock; cloud based legal software company Disco; 3D imaging company Vayyar; and SDN networking company Sedona Systems. He also led Bessemer's investments in Qwilt, a provider of transparent caching for carriers and network service providers; grocery delivery service Blue Apron; and telecommunications provider Benestra (formerly GTS).
Bob's former portfolio companies include Intucell (acquired by Cisco); Broadsoft (IPO); SelectMinds (acquired by Oracle); ART Advanced Recognition Technologies (acquired by Scansoft, now Nuance); Flarion Technologies (acquired by Qualcomm); Bladelogic (IPO, then acquired by BMC); Millennial Media (IPO, then acquired by AOL); IAG Research (acquired by Nielsen); Nistevo (acquired by Sterling); Octave Communications (acquired by Voyant, then Polycom); Silversky (acquired by BAE) System Management ARTS (SMARTS, acquired by EMC); Taqua (acquired by Tekelec); Telica (purchased by Lucent); Zensys (acquired by Sigma Designs); and Netsmart Technologies (acquired by Genstar Capital). Prior to joining Bessemer, Bob founded two successful telecommunications companies: wireless-equipment company Celcore, acquired by Alcatel through the acquisition of DSC in 1997, and Boatphone, a group of cellular operating companies in the Caribbean. Having acted as CEO in both companies, Bob brings the uncommon combination of entrepreneurial, operating and investment expertise to his portfolio companies. As a venture capitalist, Bob has been involved in building many successful companies including leading the first rounds for Flarion, BladeLogic, and Broadsoft. Bob holds a B.A. from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia University. Bob also serves on several non-profit boards including The Play Group Theatre.