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.
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
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.