Ethan Kurzweil

Partner

Ethan is a partner in the San Francisco office and is a leading investor in consumer technologies and developer platforms. He’s passionate about companies that provide technologists with amazing DX (developer experience) and give other knowledge workers powerful functionality without requiring skill.

He’s also excited about consumer startups that change the way we play and interact across the entertainment, video, gaming and esports landscape.

Before joining Bessemer in 2008, he worked for Dow Jones & Co., managing the turnaround of The Wall Street Journal’s international editions, and Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life. Earlier in his career, Ethan co-founded SSB-Bart Group (now known as Level-Access), a company which helps make the Web accessible to users with disabilities.

Ethan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Raised in Boston, he remains a Red Sox fan for life.

“Developers are increasingly powerful decision makers within organizations. It’s exciting that we’ve only just begun to capture and create value for this thriving ecosystem.”

Companies

HashiCorp

HashiCorp

HashiCorp enables organizations to provision, secure, and run any infrastructure for any application.

LaunchDarkly

LaunchDarkly

LaunchDarkly is a feature management platform that enables software teams to build better software faster with less risk by decoupling the deployment of code from the release of features to users.

Life360 *

Life360

ASX: 360

Life360 is the world’s largest mobile app for families. In May of 2019, Life360 went public on the Australian Securities Exchange.

ManyChat

ManyChat

ManyChat helps businesses do marketing, sales and support through Facebook Messenger.

npm

npm

npm is the package manager for the JavaScript programming language.

Okera

Okera

Okera enables the management of data access and governance at scale for today’s modern heterogeneous data environments.

Periscope *

Periscope

ACQUIRED BY: TWITTER

Periscope offers real-time video feeds, enabling individuals to see the world through another person’s eyes. In January 2015, Periscope was acquired by Twitter.

Periscope Data *

Periscope Data

ACQUIRED BY: SISENSE

Periscope Data brings data together in a single platform and delivers SQL, Python, and R in one solution. In May 2019, Periscope Data merged with Bessemer portfolio company, Sisense.

Piazza

Piazza

Piazza is the predominant social learning platform connecting students, instructors and employers.

Pinpoint

Pinpoint

Pinpoint uses data science to advance the way people and teams deliver software.

ScaleFactor

ScaleFactor

ScaleFactor is building the business operating system for SMBs.

SendGrid *

SendGrid

ACQUIRED BY: TWILIO

SendGrid is a proven, cloud-based customer communication platform that drives engagement and business growth. In 2017, SendGrid went public and was then acquired by Twilio (NYSE:TWLO) in 2018.

Twilio *

Twilio

NYSE: TWLO

Twilio is a cloud communication company that enables users to use standard web languages to build voice, VoIP, and SMS apps via a web API. In June 2016, Twilio went public (NYSE: TWLO).

VTS

VTS

VTS empowers landlords and brokers to better attract, convert and retain their most valuable asset – tenants.

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