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Please read the following arbitration agreement in this Section (“Arbitration Agreement”) carefully. It requires you to arbitrate disputes with Bessemer Venture Partners and limits the manner in which you can seek relief from us.
a) Applicability of Arbitration Agreement. This Arbitration Agreement is only applicable to U.S. Residents. You agree that any dispute or claim relating in any way to your access or use of the Website, to any products sold or distributed through the Website, or to any aspect of your relationship with Bessemer Venture Partners, will be resolved by binding arbitration, rather than in court, except that (1) you may assert claims in small claims court if your claims qualify, and (2) you or Bessemer Venture Partners may seek equitable relief in court for infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights (such as trademarks, trade dress, domain names, trade secrets, copyrights, and patents). This Arbitration Agreement shall apply, without limitation, to all claims that arose or were asserted before the effective date of this Agreement or any prior version of this Agreement.
b) Arbitration Rules and Forum. The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this Arbitration Agreement. To begin an arbitration proceeding, you must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing your claim to our registered agent Corporation Service Company, 251 Little Falls Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808. The arbitration will be conducted by JAMS, an established alternative dispute resolution provider. Disputes involving claims and counterclaims under $250,000, not inclusive of attorneys’ fees and interest, shall be subject to JAMS’s most current version of the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and procedures available at http://www.jamsadr.com/rules-streamlined-arbitration/; all other claims shall be subject to JAMS’s most current version of the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures, available at http://www.jamsadr.com/rules-comprehensive-arbitration/. JAMS’s rules are also available at www.jamsadr.com or by calling JAMS at 800-352-5267. If JAMS is not available to arbitrate, the parties will select an alternative arbitral forum. If the arbitrator finds that you cannot afford to pay JAMS’s filing, administrative, hearing and/or other fees and cannot obtain a waiver from JAMS, Bessemer Venture Partners will pay them for you. In addition, Bessemer Venture Partners will reimburse all such JAMS’s filing, administrative, hearing and/or other fees for claims totaling less than $10,000 unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous.
You may choose to have the arbitration conducted by telephone, based on written submissions, or at another mutually agreed location. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
c) Authority of Arbitrator. The arbitrator shall have exclusive authority to (a) determine the scope and enforceability of this Arbitration Agreement and (b) resolve any dispute related to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability or formation of this Arbitration Agreement including, but not limited to, any claim that all or any part of this Arbitration Agreement is void or voidable. The arbitration will decide the rights and liabilities, if any, of you and Bessemer Venture Partners. The arbitration proceeding will not be consolidated with any other matters or joined with any other cases or parties. The arbitrator shall have the authority to grant motions dispositive of all or part of any claim. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award monetary damages and to grant any non-monetary remedy or relief available to an individual under applicable law, the arbitral forum’s rules, and the Agreement (including the Arbitration Agreement). The arbitrator shall issue a written award and statement of decision describing the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based, including the calculation of any damages awarded. The arbitrator has the same authority to award relief on an individual basis that a judge in a court of law would have. The award of the arbitrator is final and binding upon you and us.
d) Waiver of Jury Trial. YOU AND BESSEMER VENTURE PARTNERS HEREBY WAIVE ANY CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY RIGHTS TO SUE IN COURT AND HAVE A TRIAL IN FRONT OF A JUDGE OR A JURY. You and Bessemer Venture Partners are instead electing that all claims and disputes shall be resolved by arbitration under this Arbitration Agreement, except as specified in subsection (a) above. An arbitrator can award on an individual basis the same damages and relief as a court and must follow this Agreement as a court would. However, there is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is subject to very limited review.
e) Waiver of Class or Other Non-Individualized Relief. ALL CLAIMS AND DISPUTES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT MUST BE ARBITRATED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT ON A CLASS OR COLLECTIVE BASIS, ONLY INDIVIDUAL RELIEF IS AVAILABLE, AND CLAIMS OF MORE THAN ONE CUSTOMER OR USER CANNOT BE ARBITRATED OR CONSOLIDATED WITH THOSE OF ANY OTHER CUSTOMER OR USER. If a decision is issued stating that applicable law precludes enforcement of any of this subsection’s limitations as to a given claim for relief, then the claim must be severed from the arbitration and brought into the State or Federal Courts located in the State of New York. All other claims shall be arbitrated.
f) 30-Day Right to Opt Out. You have the right to opt out of the provisions of this Arbitration Agreement by sending written notice of your decision to opt out to: email@example.com, within 30 days after first becoming subject to this Arbitration Agreement. Your notice must include your name and address, your Bessemer Venture Partners username (if any), the email address you used to set up your Bessemer Venture Partners account (if you have one), and an unequivocal statement that you want to opt out of this Arbitration Agreement. If you opt out of this Arbitration Agreement, all other parts of this Agreement will continue to apply to you. Opting out of this Arbitration Agreement has no effect on any other arbitration agreements that you may currently have, or may enter in the future, with us.
g) Severability. Except as provided in subsection (e) above, if any part or parts of this Arbitration Agreement are found under the law to be invalid or unenforceable, then such specific part or parts shall be of no force and effect and shall be severed and the remainder of the Arbitration Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.
h) Survival of Agreement. This Arbitration Agreement will survive the termination of your relationship with Bessemer Venture Partners.
i) Modification. Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement to the contrary, we agree that if Bessemer Venture Partners makes any future material change to this Arbitration Agreement, you may reject that change within thirty (30) days of such change becoming effective by writing Bessemer Venture Partners at the following address:1865 Palmer Avenue, Suite 104, Larchmont, NY 10538.
To the extent the parties are permitted under this Agreement to initiate litigation in a court, both you and Bessemer Venture Partners agree that all claims and disputes arising out of or relating to the Agreement will be litigated exclusively in the state or federal courts located in New York, New York.
THE TERMS AND ANY ACTION RELATED THERETO WILL BE GOVERNED AND INTERPRETED BY AND UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, CONSISTENT WITH THE FEDERAL ARBITRATION ACT, WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO ANY PRINCIPLES THAT PROVIDE FOR THE APPLICATION OF THE LAW OF ANOTHER JURISDICTION. THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON CONTRACTS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SALE OF GOODS DOES NOT APPLY TO THE AGREEMENT.
These Terms and our relationship with you shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in that provision and the other provisions of these Terms remain in full force and effect. The Terms are the final, complete, and exclusive agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and merges all prior discussions between the parties with respect to such subject matter.
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Effective Date March 22, 2019
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We collect information from or about Site users concerning use of the Site.
We may collect Personal Data that you provide directly to us when you enter certain information on our Site. “Personal Data” means data that allows someone to identify or contact you, including, for example, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, as well as any other non-public information about you that is associated with or linked to any of the foregoing data.
As is the case with many websites, our servers automatically collect your browser type and IP address when you visit the Site, and we may associate that with your domain name or that of your Internet access provider. In addition, we may capture certain “clickstream data” pertaining to your Site usage. Data captured may include, for example, the referring page that linked you to the Site, the country from which you are conducting your browsing session, the next website you visit when you leave the Site, and any search terms you have entered on the Site or a referral site.
We and our service providers may use tracking technologies (e.g., cookies, local shared objects, and pixel tags) and website analytics tools to, among other things, monitor and better understand user behavior on the Site.
- Local shared objects, such as “Flash cookies,” may be stored on your computer or device using a media player or other software installed on your computer or device. Local shared objects operate a lot like cookies, but cannot be managed in the same way. Depending on how local shared objects are enabled on your computer or device, you may be able to manage them using software settings. For information on managing Flash cookies, for example, visit http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/526/52697ee8.html.
- A pixel tag (also known as a “clear GIF” or “web beacon”) is a tiny image – typically just one-pixel – that can be placed on a Web page in order to help us measure the effectiveness of our content by, for example, counting the number of individuals who visit us online or verifying whether you’ve seen one of our Web pages.
We may use your information:
- to respond to your request(s), question(s) and concern(s), to administer the Site and enable users to use the Site and its features, to protect our rights and property;
- identify you as a user in our system;
- provide improved administration of our Site;
- improve the quality of experience when you interact with our Site;
- send you an e-mail to verify ownership of the e-mail address provided;
- send you administrative e-mail notifications, such as security, or support and maintenance advisories;
- respond to your inquiries related to employment opportunities or other requests;
- make telephone calls to you, from time to time, as a part of secondary fraud protection or to solicit your feedback; and
- send newsletters and surveys related to our Services and for other marketing purposes of Company.
In addition, we use the usage information collected about your Site visits, including the pages you view, information you search for, and the average time spent on our Site, on an individual basis or in the aggregate, to better understand our audience and the usage and visitation on our Site and the other sites tracked by these third parties; develop new features, deliver advertising targeted to your interests; and offerings on the Site and improve the functionality and user-friendliness of our Site.
We may perform any of the above functions through our service providers.
We generally do not share information collected about you through the Site.
In addition, we may share non-personally identifiable Site usage information (including aggregate data) with others, for their own use, in a form that does not include your name or contact information. The third parties that support our website analytics tools may be able to access and use your Site usage information.
We maintain presence on several social media platforms, such as Twitter, Medium and LinkedIn, and we also incorporate some third party social media features onto the Site. We also include tools on the Site that allow you to share and/or publicly post content or information from the Site to your profile on a third party social media platform. Third party social media platforms have their own privacy policies which explain how they will use, protect and share your information, including any information you share on those platforms from the Site, and we encourage you to read them.
If you have an account hosted through an Access-Restricted Website, please refer to the privacy policies and practices of the operators of the Access-Restricted Website available on such Access-Restricted Website to understand your rights to review, update or modify certain of the information that is stored in that account.
Information that you may provide, or that we may obtain, through your access to password-protected websites, such as an investor portal, that you may be able to access by following a hyperlink on the Site (each such other website, an “Access-Restricted Website”), is subject to the privacy policies and practices of the operators of the Access-Restricted Website available on such Access-Restricted Website, which we encourage you to read to learn about the treatment of such information.
Some web browsers may transmit “do-not-track” (“DNT”) signals to the websites with which the user communicates. Because of differences in how web browsers incorporate and activate this feature, it is not always clear whether users intend for these signals to be transmitted, or whether they even are aware of them.
Our third party service providers, such as our website analytics service provider, may collect information about your online activities over time and across the Site and other online properties. Our service providers may not change their tracking practices in response to DNT settings in your web browser, and we do not obligate them to honor DNT settings. You can opt out of your Site usage information being included in our Google Analytics reports by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
You may send requests about personal information to our contact information below. You can request to change contact choices, opt-out of our sharing with others, and update your personal information.
You can typically remove and reject cookies from our Site with your browser settings. Many browsers are set to accept cookies until you change your settings. If you remove or reject our cookies, it could affect how our Site works for you.
We do not intentionally gather personal information from visitors who are under the age of 13. If a child under 13 submits personal information to us and we learn that the personal information is the information of a child under 13, we will attempt to delete the information as soon as possible. If you believe that we might have any personal information from a child under 13, please contact us at email@example.com.
We welcome your questions and comments about privacy. Please feel free to contact us by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective Date March 22, 2019
It is the policy of Bessemer Venture Partners (the “Company”) to provide and maintain a work environment for its personnel and third parties with whom its personnel interact that is free of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. The Company prohibits harassing and/or discriminatory conduct in the workplace, whether based upon race, sex, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information or predisposition, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, ancestry, marital, veteran or citizenship status or any other basis prohibited by applicable laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment or other engagement of personnel with the Company, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training, and to interactions among Company personnel and between Third Parties (as defined below) and Company personnel or other Third Parties in connection with conducting business or proposed business involving the Company (“Third Party Company Interactions”).
The Company prohibits sexual harassment, which includes sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that has the purpose or effect of interfering with an employee’s work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive working environment. Personnel may not threaten or insinuate, either explicitly or implicitly, that submission to or rejection of sexual advances, sexual favors or other conduct of a sexual nature will in any way influence or adversely affect any decision by the Company regarding an individual’s hiring or employment, including, but not limited to, evaluation, wages, advancement, assigned duties, shifts, or any other condition of employment or career development. Further, no Company personnel may engage in any conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. While it is not possible to list all of the circumstances and conduct that may constitute sexual harassment, the following are some examples of conduct which, if unwelcome, may constitute sexual harassment depending upon the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the conduct and its pervasiveness:
- Unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, sexual language, sexual jokes, innuendo, and/or comments about an individual’s body;
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment;
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting the individual; or
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
It is important to note that this policy is not intended to limit the Company’s authority to discipline or take remedial action for conduct that we regard as unacceptable inside or outside of the workplace or otherwise involving work activities, regardless of whether that conduct meets the legal definition of sexual harassment.
Determinations of whether particular language or conduct is subject to disciplinary action under this policy will be made on a fact-specific basis, in light of all of the circumstances. The following, however, are some additional examples of conduct that all personnel of the Company must avoid. Such conduct may violate the Company’s policy against sexual harassment, whether or not it constitutes sexual harassment under the law.
This is not an exhaustive list:
- Comments to, or about, an individual’s appearance that are sexually graphic or would otherwise tend to be degrading;
- Inappropriate touching and/or physical contact of a sexual nature;
- Sexual gestures or remarks with sexual content that are graphic or that may otherwise be offensive to others;
- A repetition of any words or conduct of a sexual nature after the person addressed has indicated that such words or conduct is unwelcome;
- Unwelcome sexual advances or propositions, whether or not involving physical touching;
- Sexual epithets, jokes, written or oral references to sexual conduct, gossip concerning one’s sex life, comment on an individual’s body or sexual activity;
- Displaying or circulating sexually suggestive objects, pictures or other images, including by E-mail;
- Requests for sexual favors; and
All other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or otherwise offensive nature.
Sex-based harassment — that is, harassment not involving sexual activity or language (e.g., male manager yells only at female personnel and not males) — may also constitute discrimination if it is severe or pervasive and directed at personnel because of their sex.
The Company’s anti-harassment policy applies to all Company personnel (including for the avoidance of doubt, all Company employees, consultants and others involved in the operations of the Company) and all Third Parties in Third Party Company Interactions. The policy prohibits harassment by (a) Company personnel of other Company personnel and, during Third Party Company Interactions, of Third Parties (as defined below) and (b) Third Parties of Company personnel and, during Third Party Interactions, of other Third Parties. While the Company may not have direct control over a portfolio company or prospective portfolio company personnel or other industry participants in which Company personnel may interact, including, without limitation, entrepreneurs, contractors, fund investors and other industry investors, vendors, clients and volunteers (including in all cases prospective relationships) (collectively referred to as “Third Parties” or a “Third Party”), the Company is committed to a policy of influencing Third Parties to act consistently with the Company’s anti-harassment policy, both as applied to prohibit harassment of Company personnel but also harassment of other Third Parties. If harassment occurs by a Third Party in violation of this policy, the reporting procedures in this policy should be followed as if the harasser were Company personnel.
For the avoidance of doubt, references to employees in this policy shall be broadly interpreted to include all Company personnel.
Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also strictly prohibited. Under this policy, harassment is verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, creed, genetic information or predisposition, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, ancestry, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws or that of his/her relatives, friends or associates, and that: (i) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment; (ii) has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s work performance; or (iii) otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities.
Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to: epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes and display or circulation in the workplace of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group (including through E-mail).
Conduct that is prohibited by these policies is unacceptable in the workplace and in any work-related setting outside the workplace, such as business trips and/or business-related social events. These policies apply to all Company personnel, and prohibit harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation whether engaged in with respect to or by fellow personnel, a supervisor or manager or Third Parties.
It is also a violation of this policy and is unlawful to retaliate against any individual for making or filing a complaint of discrimination and/or harassment either internally or with a government agency, for opposing harassment or discrimination, for cooperating in an internal and/or governmental investigation of a complaint of discrimination or harassment, or for participating in a hearing or other proceeding related to a claim of discrimination or harassment. Any such retaliation will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
1. Complaint Procedure
The Company takes allegations of discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment) and retaliation very seriously and will respond promptly to any complaints. When the Company determines that such conduct has occurred, the Company will act to eliminate the discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation and impose such disciplinary action as it deems necessary, up to and including termination.
Any Company personnel or Third Party who believes he or she or anyone else at the Company or any Third Party has been subjected to or affected by any such harassing and/or discriminatory conduct in violation of this policy, whether by a supervisor, a co-worker or any other person with whom the individual comes in contact in connection with during his or her work for the Company or otherwise in connection with conducting business or proposed business involving the Company, is expected to report such conduct immediately. Reports should be made immediately to the Company’s General Counsel or Chief Financial Officer. Alternatively, Company personnel may report such conduct to one of the Company’s Managing Partners. If a Managing Partner receives a report, or a Managing Partner or any other Company personnel in a supervisory capacity is otherwise aware of harassing, discriminatory and/or retaliatory conduct, the Managing Partner or such supervisor is required to advise BVP’s General Counselor Chief Financial Officer, of any such conduct. The Company’s the Company’s General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer can be reached by calling (914) 833-5300. Written complaints can be sent to their attention at 1865 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, New York 10538.
All complaints will be investigated thoroughly, promptly, impartially and with discretion. All information obtained from the investigation will be handled discreetly and communicated on a “need to know” basis consistent with adequate investigation and appropriate corrective action. The investigation may include (but will not necessarily be limited to) interviews with the individual who made the complaint, with the person or persons against whom the complaint was made and with individuals who may have witnessed the reported incident or incidents. In addition, personnel should be aware that in certain cases, information must be shared in order for an effective investigation to be conducted.
At the conclusion of an investigation, appropriate, remedial and/or disciplinary action will be taken. The individual reporting harassing or discriminatory behavior under this complaint procedure will be advised of the Company’s decision(s) at the conclusion of the investigation.
In order to allow the Company to prevent and correct unlawful harassing, discriminatory and/or retaliatory conduct, it is essential that personnel or Third Parties use this Complaint Procedure and that the Company receives the information about instances of such conduct immediately after the conduct. The Company will not tolerate any retaliation and/or intimidation as a result of using this Complaint Procedure.
2. Other Remedies and Appropriate Agencies
In addition to the complaint process described above, any individual who believes he or she has been subjected to or affected by any harassing and/or discriminatory conduct may file a formal complaint with the appropriate governmental agencies and/or may commence an appropriate lawsuit as permitted by applicable law.
Violations of the Company’s Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) and Freedom from Harassment and Anti-Discrimination policies and/or misconduct constituting harassment, discrimination or retaliation will be dealt with promptly and appropriately. Responsive action will be based upon the specific circumstances of the offense and may include discipline up to and including termination of employment. Additionally, in certain cases, individuals may also be held both criminally and financially liable.
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