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In 1872, Henry Phipps, Jr. and Andrew Carnegie co-founded Carnegie Steel, an innovative steel producer that commercialized an industrial process licensed from Lord Henry Bessemer. When they sold their startup 29 years later, Henry formed a family office to re-invest his proceeds into other entrepreneurial ventures like his own. He adopted the Bessemer name to honor the inventor behind his startup's success.
A century later, Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) continues the longest-running record of success in the venture capital industry. Over the course of its history, investors at the firm formed or funded over 100 startups that grew into independent public companies. They provided seed funding for early industrial companies like WR Grace, Ingersoll Rand and International Paper, retail innovators like Staples, The Sports Authority and Blue Nile, new drug developers like Isis and Perseptive Biosystems, service pioneers like Gartner Group, Bright Horizons and Celtel, and high-tech innovators like Ciena, Parametric, VMX, DSP Group (now Intel), Versant (now Symantec), Maxim, Flarion (now Qualcomm) and Skype.
Today, BVP has offices in New York, Silicon Valley, Boston, Mumbai and Herzliya and manages more than $2 billion of venture capital invested in more than 130 companies located around the world. Some of our portfolio companies, like Ungermann Bass and Verisign, were started in our offices. With our roadmap approach to investing, BVP seeks out entrepreneurial opportunities across industries and geographies.
Even so, the everyday priority of BVP professionals is applying our considerable startup experience to support the entrepreneurs we back. In 2008, Bessemer Venture Partners realized three IPOs (OnMobile, Shriram EPC, IPC: The Hospitalist Company) and six major acquisitions of companies in our portfolio (IAG by Nielsen, Sirtris by Glaxo, Gracenote by Sony, Bladelogic by BMC, PA Semi by Apple, and Pure Networks by Cisco).
Bessemer Venture Partners
Kent Bennett, a vice president in Bessemer's Cambridge, Mass. office, joined the company in 2008. Kent focuses on investments in the data-infrastructure, data-analytics and communications sectors.
At Bessemer, Kent has been involved in investments including data-management companies Streambase, Vertica, Endeca, Netuitive, and Portrait Software; mobile-communications companies BroadSoft, Millennial Media and Enforta; as well as in Goal.com, the world's largest soccer portal, and On-Q-ity, a cancer-diagnostics company.
Prior to joining Bessemer, Kent was a creative executive for an entertainment-production company, where he developed and sold original material including a network television pilot and a feature film. He began his career with Bain & Co., where he worked on projects in industries spanning IT, retail, consumer products, healthcare and biotech.
Kent 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.
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