Rob Stavis

Partner

Rob Stavis is a partner in Bessemer’s New York office primarily focused on financial services and investments in emerging software and hardware technologies.

He’s been actively investing for more than 15 years and currently serves on the board of directors for fintech companies such as Betterment, Knewton, Gerson Lehrman Group, and United Capital Financial Partners, along with education startups including 2U and BrightBytes. He was an early investor Skype (acquired by eBay), consumer web application Hunch (acquired by eBay), and mobile gaming company OMGPOP (acquired by Zynga).

Rob entered venture capital after a 15-year career at Salomon Smith Barney, where he was co-head of global arbitrage trading, a member of Salomon’s operating and risk-management committees and chaired the recruiting committee.

He earned his degrees in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and education from the Wharton School of Management.

Companies

ACTIV Financial Systems

ACTIV Financial Systems

ACTIV Financial Systems provides market data services for electronic trading strategies.

August *

August

ACQUIRED BY: ASSA ABLOY

August is a virtual home automation company. August was acquired by ASSA ABLOY in November 2017.

Bread Finance

Bread Finance

Bread Finance partners with retailers to offer pay-over-time solutions that make financing easier and more transparent.

BrightBytes

BrightBytes

BrightBytes uses a cloud based analytics platform to improve the way millions of students learn.

CPower, Inc. *

CPower, Inc.

ACQUIRED BY: CONSTELLATION

CPower, Inc. offers strategic energy management services that enable companies to optimize their facilities and operations to control energy expenditures. In September 2011, CPower, Inc. was acquired by Constellation.

Eave

Eave

Eave is a mortgage loan origination company.

Fabric Technologies

Fabric Technologies

Fabric Technologies is a mobile life insurance broker that makes the process of getting coverage quick and easy.

Forever Oceans

Forever Oceans

Forever Oceans is committed to protecting our planet and preserving our oceans.

K2 Intelligence

K2 Intelligence

K2 Intelligence provides specialized risk services and solutions to corporations, sovereign nations and individuals.

Kroll Bond Rating Agency *

Kroll Bond Rating Agency

ACQUIRED BY: WHARF STREET RATINGS

Kroll Bond Rating Agency is a credit rating agency. KBRA was acquired by Wharf Street Ratings.

Knewton

Knewton

Knewton is an adaptive learning technology provider with a mission to bring personalized education to the world.

OMGPOP *

OMGPOP

ACQUIRED BY: ZYNGA

OMGPOP is a web and mobile game developer. In March 2012, OMGPOP was acquired by Zynga.

OMsignal

OMsignal

Omsignal manufactures bio-sensing clothing that connects to iPhones and iPads in real time.

Pure Networks *

Pure Networks

ACQUIRED BY: CISCO

Pure Networks provides equipment management, content and digital services to individuals and companies. Pure Networks was acquired by Cisco.

Quantopian

Quantopian

Quantopian is a platfrom for users to build, test and execute trading algorithms.

SiteAdvisor, Inc. *

SiteAdvisor, Inc.

ACQUIRED BY: MCAFEE

SiteAdvisor, Inc, developed a centralized service that protects consumers from web-based security threats. SiteAdvisor, Inc. was acquired by McAfee.

Spruce

Spruce

Spruce aims to improve title insurance assessment and issuance to reduce the time needed to close a real estate deal.

United Capital

United Capital

United Capital is a wealth counseling company helping clients to achieve empowerment over their financial aspirations.

Yodle *

Yodle

ACQUIRED BY: WEB.COM

Yodle provides local marketing and lead-generation services to small and medium sized businesses. In March 2016, Yodle was acquired by Web.com.

Zopa

Zopa

Zopa offers peer-to-peer loans with low rates, flexible terms, and no early repayment fees.