- New York
Bob Goodman, the founding partner in Bessemer’s New York office, joined the firm in 1998. He focuses on investments in software, mobile, digital media and healthcare IT.
Bob is currently a member of the board of directors of mobile-advertising company Millennial Media (IPO); mobile application management company Apperian; data-management and backup-software company Syncsort; mobile video session software developer Vasona Networks; diversified SMB software company GFI (merged with Teamviewer); united communications (‘‘UC’’) services provider Thinking Phones Network; enterprise cloud management company Intigua; and information-security company SilverSky. He also led Bessemer's investments in grocery delivery service Blue Apron and telecommunications provider 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); IAG Research (acquired by Nielsen); Nistevo (acquired by Sterling); Octave Communications (acquired by Voyant, then Polycom); 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 Met Council, The Play Group Theatre and the National Venture Capital Association.