Friday, January 30, 2009

Half a Dozen for BVP

Yesterday, Forbes published its annual Midas List, which is a ranking of sorts for the most successful venture capitalists. I am extremely proud to write that no less than SIX partners from Bessemer Venture Partners appeared in this list of 100 investment professionals, including: Rob Stavis, Bob Goodman, Felda Hardymon, Ed Colloton, David Cowan and Rob Chandra. This is the most of any venture capital fund, which I attribute to the unique and indepenent culture of BVP. Congratulations to my partners and keep up the fantastic work! The bar is set very high for the rest of us.
Surprisingly, not a single venture capitalist from the Israeli VC sector appears on the list this year, perhaps owing to the dearth of high profile exits in recent years. Whatever the reason, I would expect to see several Israeli names on the list in the years to come as Israeli start-ups become great success stories themselves.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations.
    And also that the 3 members of the list that have activity in Israel - Mike Moritz (on the investment committee at Sequoia Israel), Jennifer Fonstad (on the investment committee at DFJ Tamir Fishman), and Santo Politi (from Spark where they invest in Israel and his big win was Bigband) - are proving that the local VC market is in trouble and the US funds like BVP, Canaan, Battery, Sequoia (US investment committee), Venrock, DFJ, Norwest, and others may be taking over the valuable deals in the country.