Melissa Bezruchko is a community manager at Bessmer where she closely collaborates with Bessemer's portfolio companies to help shorten their learning curve and accelerate growth.
With more than 7 years of experience in the startup ecosystem, Melissa has been a trusted partner to CEOs and founders and has been fortunate to witness first hand how smart entrepreneurs with good ideas and a lot of grit can change the world.
Prior to joining Bessemer, she held the position of Chief of Staff at Proven Skincare, a customized skincare brand that uses AI technology to assess an individual’s primary skin concerns. Her primary role as a relationship-driven operational Chief of Staff was focusing on brand management, liaison between employees, C-Suite and external partners, and solving complex daily operational matters.
Before Proven, Melissa spent over 3 years at Hint, an unsweetened, fruit-infused water company, serving as the senior manager of digital platforms & community. During her tenure at Hint, she collaborated closely alongside the CEO and Founder, and played a key role in spearheading marketing and brand initiatives for Hint & the CEO’s personal brand, The Kara Network.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Melissa graduated from McGill University with a degree in Marketing & Communications, specializing in East Asian Studies.
Melissa is proficient in French and is conversational Mandarin. Having lived in Hong Kong for a period, it holds a special place as her favorite city. During her leisure time, she enjoys exploring new podcasts and staying active. She is also an avid food lover and has set a personal goal to dine at all of Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants in her lifetime.