At Bessemer, we believe the future is built by creators, curators, community leaders, and co-owners. As commerce and communities transform on and off line, new distribution channels are emerging and our world is changing how we all connect, shop, and play. We back audacious founders, across internet marketplaces, gaming, creator tools, and more, enabling and empowering today’s hybrid reality.
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Avant Arte is a digital platform for collectors, artists, and gallerists to connect.
Boxed is an e-commerce platform selling bulk, high-repeat consumables to consumers and businesses.
Boxed went public in December 2021 (NYSE: BOXD).
Bumble is the first app to bring dating, friend-finding, and career-building into a single social networking platform.
Bumble went public in February 2021 (NASDAQ: BMBL).
Cambly is an online educational platform that offers English language training services.
Canva is an online graphic design platform on a mission to simplify the process of graphic design for photographers, illustrators, and designers globally.
Dashlane is a consumer password management application and secure digital wallet.
Discord is a voice, video and text communication service used by over a hundred million people to hang out and talk with their friends and communities.
Fiverr is a marketplace for creative and professional services. Fiverr went public in June 2019 (NYSE: FVRR).
NYSE: LNKD / ACQUIRED BY: MICROSOFT
LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network. In May 2011, LinkedIn went public (NYSE: LNKD) and in 2016, was acquired by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).
MakersPlace is the premier market to discover, collect, and invest in truly rare and authentic digital artworks, by the world’s leading artists and creators.
ACQUIRED BY: VISTA EQUITY PARTNERS
Mindbody is a business management software for yoga and pilates studios, fitness facilities, spas, salons, and other retail clients.
In June 2015, Mindbody went public (NASDAQ: MB).
After four years as a public company, MindBody went private in 2019 when it was acquired by Vista Equity Partners for $2 billion.
Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool for saving and discovering creative ideas. In April of 2019, Pinterest went public on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: PINS).
Shopify is a cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Shopify went public in May 2015 (NYSE: SHOP).
Skype provides a telecommunications platform that offers free video chat and voice calls to internet-connected devices. In 2009, Skype was acquired by eBay and in 2011, Skype was acquired by Microsoft.
Sorare is a blockchain-based fantasy football platform designed to let managers trade official digital collectibles.
Bessemer originally invested in Viagogo in 2012 and then helped finance the company’s acquisition of StubHub from eBay in 2020. The combined company is the leading global event ticketing marketplace on the Internet.
Viva Republica, through its mobile app Toss, provides the simplest P2P mobile payments platform in Korea.
ACQUIRED BY: ROCKET TECHNOLOGIES
Truebill is a finance management application designed to optimize spending, manage subscriptions, and save money, which enables users to improve their financial health.
Truebill was acquired by Rocket Technologies in December 2021.
TSM FTX is a leading esports franchise.
ACQUIRED BY: AMAZON
Twitch is a social video platform for gamers where more than 100 million gather every month to broadcast, watch and talk about video games. In 2014, Twitch was acquired by Amazon for ~$1 billion.
Upside is a retail technology platform that helps users earn cash back at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants.
Yelp operates an online platform that connects people with local businesses. Yelp went public in 2012 (NYSE: YELP).