MENLO PARK, CA and LARCHMONT, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/24/13 -- Bessemer Venture Partners, a top venture capital firm backing great entrepreneurs leading transformative startups and other high-growth companies, today announced several new partners joining its ranks. In addition to the promotions of Kent Bennett, Brian Feinstein, Ethan Kurzweil and Trevor Oelschig to partner, the firm is bringing BVP alum Alex Ferrara on board as partner, while Jeff Epstein moves to an operating partner role. With these promotions, BVP's focus on identifying investment opportunities in start-ups in Bessemer Roadmaps is now driven by 15 investing partners.
Key Roadmaps include: Cloud Computing, Infrastructure 2.0, Mobile, Online Retail and Trusted Internet sectors.
Based in Cambridge, MA, Kent Bennett joined the company in 2008. Kent focuses on investments in the big data, data-infrastructure and communications sectors. At BVP, Kent has been involved in investments in data-management companies such as Endeca (acquired by Oracle) Streambase, Vertica (acquired by HP), Hadapt and InsightSquared; mobile-communications companies BroadSoft (IPO), Millennial Media (IPO) and Enforta; as well as Goal.com (acquired by Perform Group), the world's largest soccer portal. Kent began his career with Bain & Co., and later was a creative executive for an entertainment-production company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. Find Kent on Twitter: @kentbennett
Brian Feinstein focuses on Internet, software and financial services opportunities and leads BVP's investment practice in Brazil and Russia. Brian has been involved in the firm's investments in Playdom (acquired by Disney), Zoosk, Mindbody, United Capital, Knewton and KupiVIP. Before joining BVP, he worked at Blackstone, where he focused on the TMT technology, financial services, and energy and was involved in the firm's Emdeon and Geosouthern transactions sectors. Before that, he co-founded Opera New Media, an online advertising agency. Brian holds a B.A. in government from Harvard University. Follow Brian on Twitter: @brianfeinstein
Ethan Kurzweil joined BVP's Menlo Park office four years ago where he focuses on investments in cloud computing, consumer web and mobile technologies and drives Bessemer's roadmap on developer platforms. Ethan has co-led BVP's investments in the consumer/social web (Playdom, Zoosk, Twitch, Piazza, Life360 and Reputation.com), developer and marketing platforms (Twilio, SendGrid, Simply Measured and Crowdflower), advertising technology (adap.tv), and Skybox Imaging and serves on the Board of Directors of Simply Measured, Twitch, Piazza, Crowdflower and Sweet Labs. Prior to BVP, Ethan worked at Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life, and at Dow Jones & Co. on new business ventures. Ethan graduated from Stanford University with distinction, where he co-founded SSB-Bart Group and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Find Ethan on Twitter: @ethankurz
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