The Analyst Program

At Bessemer, we believe venture capital thrives in an apprenticeship model. For almost twenty years, we’ve been fortunate enough to bring on three to four bright, ambitious, and aspiring investors each year to join the program as a foray into their careers.

While there are skills and lessons you can learn in school, many elements of venture capital, such as developing investment judgment, sourcing emerging new startups, and refining roadmaps for the future, are uniquely learned on the job by engaging with entrepreneurs and experienced investors.

Throughout this selective, two-year program based in our New York office, analysts will collaborate on projects with Bessemer partners across the globe and work with emerging founders and exceptional operators.

Our partners and the broader investing team provide hands-on training to gain the foundational skills for your investing career, mentorship on the art of the industry, and invaluable experience. Our analysts are critical, valuable members of the team; they participate in our weekly partnership meetings and make a tremendous impact on the firm.

About the program

Analysts are oftentimes the first touchpoint startup founders have with Bessemer. It’s a role that requires an enterprising spirit, empathy, and a deep understanding of what makes a business work under the hood.

A day in the lift of an analyst

Your daily schedule and responsibilities include sourcing new companies, deep research in the diligence and roadmap process, and assisting Partners on the Board level should Bessemer invest.

The skills and experience you gain in this program are investments in your career — whether opportunities continue at Bessemer or elsewhere, the possibilities are endless.

Where are they now?

When you join Bessemer’s Analyst Program you’ll join a close-knit community of investors, experts, and operators who are on the cutting edge of technology and are shaping category-defining companies.

Many who have joined The Analyst Program have gone on to become partners at our firm or others, joined political campaigns, and have become successful entrepreneurs themselves. In addition, more than half of our alumni have applied to business school after the program, and 100% have been accepted into a top-ten school.

Sourcing Hall of Fame

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Twitch: Mackey Craven created an Alexa Tracker which helped him source Twitch, the live streaming platform. After a few “near-death” experiences after Twitch pivoted from Justin.TV, the startup eventually saw amazing growth among gamers. By 2014, Twitch was acquired by Amazon for $970 million and positioned itself as a platform where culture thrives and gamers, entertainers, and even politicians continue to congregate.

LifeLock: Brian Neider cold emailed Robert Maynard when he found out David Cowan was considering investing in a company in identity theft protection. While LifeLock’s journey was filled with ups and downs, its leadership established LifeLock as a household name. By 2012, the company announced its plans to take its business public. Then, in 2017, Symantec acquired LifeLock for $2.3 billion.

MindBody: Believing that vertical software could enable small to mid size businesses in the health and wellness space, Brian Feinstein went down the INC 5000, eventually finding this solution for yoga studios, salons, and spas. We first invested in the San Luis Obispo-based company in 2010, and by 2018, MindBody was acquired by Vista Equity. (However, Brian continues to use the tool when booking the occasional workout class!)

Diapers.com: In 2007, Mitchell Green tracked the founding team over the course of nine months and persuaded the Bessemer partnership to pursue e-commerce. Eventually, the parent company changed its name to Quidsi and sold to Amazon for more than half a billion dollars in 2010.

Wikia/Fandom: Once again, known for his tenacity, Mitchell Green cold emailed Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia fame about a dozen times before the founder agreed to host us for a meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he was based at the time. In 2006, Bessemer led the $4 million early-stage investment.

How to Apply

The applications for the 2023 Summer and Full Time Analyst positions are closed.

Applications will re-open in May 2023 for 2024 Summer and Full Time Analyst positions.

Alumni highlights

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Brian Feinstein - Partner at Bessemer

“Bessemer’s analyst program was the perfect training for a career in venture capital. The opportunity to meet with hundreds of startups across a variety of stages and sectors provided an extraordinary breadth of knowledge and pattern recognition. This was the foundation upon which the rest of my career at Bessemer was built.”

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Talia Goldberg - Partner at Bessemer

"My time in the program helped me develop foundational investor skills from sourcing to diligence to supporting portfolio companies. But most importantly, it helped me hone my intuition. The funny thing about venture capital is that it is full of paradoxes. It's comprised of exceptions and outliers yet pattern recognition is critical. I'm constantly trying to strike a balance between being opportunistic and being roadmap driven."

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Anna Khan - General Partner at CRV

"There is no better place to start your venture career than Bessemer. I learned everything I know from the firm—from how to run a great diligence process, all the way to being an upstanding and thoughtful board member. Don't think twice, BVP is the place to be."

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Aman Kandola - Business Operations Manager at Courier

"The program is a great opportunity to gain a holistic education on the fundamentals of tech startups—things like team building, product strategy, and go-to-market approaches. Having since moved into an operating role at a portfolio company, I've found that examining top performing startups as an analyst has given me insight on best practices across a range of business functions and the tools to implement them."

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Sarah Tavel - General Partner at Benchmark

"Young people interested in VC: If Bessemer offers you a job, take it."

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Michael Segal - CEO of Skylight

"There's truly nothing like the perspective Bessemer gives you on how startups really work (or don't work) — it's the sort of strategic training that you just can't get working at one or two individual startups, but that, ironically, makes you so much more valuable as a startup exec. Very few firms are willing to give young grads the chance to get this perspective, and even fewer treat young grads as meritocratically and generously as Bessemer."

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Emily Lu - Product Manager, Payments at Viagogo

"As a Bessemer analyst, I learned how to distill large amounts of information quickly, ask the right questions, and form educated opinions. These are skills that I rely on today as a product manager – to be roadmap-driven, drill down to what really matters, and make decisions with discipline."

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Josh Benamram - CEO of Databand.ai

"The Bessemer Analyst Program was the perfect launchpad for my career in the startup world. I learned the fundamentals of what makes companies valuable and how to think strategically about growth. What makes BVP unique is a track record and culture with a lineage that dates back to the very inception of venture capital, and an exceptionally thoughtful process for developing perspectives and newly shaping markets — from SaaS to frontier technology."