Charles Birnbaum joined Bessemer in 2013 and is a Vice President in the New York office. He focuses on investments in financial services, education, Internet of things and consumer Internet sectors, and has helped lead Bessemer's investments in August Home, Quantopian, OMsignal, Abacus, BrightBytes and Main Street Hub. He currently represents BVP as a director at United Capital and is actively involved at August Home, Betterment, BrightBytes, Main Street Hub, OMsignal, Quantopian and Yodle.
Prior to joining BVP, Charles spent more than three years at Foursquare, the location-based mobile application company based in New York, helping create and bring to market some of Foursquare’s first merchant-facing tools. As the company grew, Charles became the director of mobile and international business development, where he focused on building strategic partnerships with carriers and OEMs while leading the company’s business development efforts in key growth markets such as Brazil, Russia and Turkey. Prior to Foursquare, Charles spent six years in investment banking and equity capital markets focusing on the technology, media and telecom sectors, and executed more than 50 equity and equity-linked public offerings.
Charles holds a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School, a Master of Arts in international studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Northwestern University.