Bessemer Venture Partners

Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) is an American venture capital and private equity firm headquartered in San Francisco. Outside the United States, it has offices in India, Israel, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. In 2022, Venture Capital Journal ranked the firm as the 8th largest venture capital firm based on total fundraising over the most recent five-year period.[5]

Bessemer Venture Partners
Company typePrivate
IndustryInvestment management
Founded1911; 113 years ago (1911)
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, U.S.
ProductsVenture Capital
Private equity
AUMUS$20 billion (2022)
Number of employees
151 (2022)
ParentBessemer Securities
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History edit

In 1911, Henry Phipps Jr., a co-founder of Carnegie Steel, formed Bessemer Trust in New York to manage his family's assets.[3][4] In 1911, he spun out Bessemer Securities as a separate entity which had $20 million assets under management which invested in venture capital deals, publicly traded securities and real estate.[3][4]

In 1974, Bessemer Trust opened up to outside investors although Bessemer Securities still managed only the capital of the Phipps family which allowed it to pursue more aggressive and riskier investment strategies such as investing in private technology and medical companies.[4][6]

In 1975, Bessemer Securities opened an office in Silicon Valley.[7]

In the 1970s, Bessemer Securities suffered from significant losses due to real estate investments.[4]

In 1986, Bessemer Securities had $950 million assets under management and had continued to expand its investment team by hiring venture capital specialists.[4][8]

Eventually the venture capital investment operation of Bessemer Securities was spun out separately as Bessemer Venture Partners.[8][9][10][11] Bessemer Securities is still considered the parent company of BVP as it provides funding and support to the firm.[8][10][12]

In 2000, BVP started investing in areas outside the U.S. which included India, Israel, Latin America and Europe.[11] It also briefly had an office in China before closing it in 2006.[11]

Around this period, BVP set up a section on its website named Anti-Portfolio which contains a list of major investment opportunities it had missed.[12] The list included Apple Inc., EBay, Gateway, Inc. and Blue Nile.[12]

In 2007, BVP closed Bessemer Venture Partners VII which was its first fund that took capital from outside investors.[13] Prior to that, capital was provided only by the Phipps Family or by Bessemer Securities.[13]

In 2021, BVP set up a private equity team and in September 2022, the team now called BVP Forge closed its first buyout fund ($780M) alongside BVP's announcement of their 12th early stage fund ($3.85B).[14]

References edit

  1. ^ "Form ADV" (PDF). SEC.
  2. ^ "Bessemer Venture Partners closes $4.6 billion across two new funds, expands to growth-focused private equity". September 12, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "What's past is prologue: Gilded Age fortunes in VC and PE".
  4. ^ a b c d e f Train, John (June 8, 1986). "Rejuvenating Old Money". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Aragon, Lawrence (November 1, 2022). "Tracing the VCJ 50". Venture Capital Journal. Retrieved February 5, 2023.
  6. ^ Berry, John F. (August 1, 1982). "Bessemer Trust: A Tradition of Conservative Cash Management". The Washington Post.
  7. ^ "This family-backed venture group opened a branch in Silicon Valley in 1975 - no wonder its returns are stellar". Family Capital. October 27, 2020. Retrieved February 5, 2023.
  8. ^ a b c "Bessemer's conversion". Institutional Investor. February 2001. Retrieved February 5, 2023.
  9. ^ Chatterjee, Paramita (April 2, 2011). "Bessemer Venture raises $1.6 bn venture capital fund, to invest 25% in India". The Economic Times. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved February 5, 2023.
  10. ^ a b "About Us". Bessemer Investors. Retrieved February 5, 2023.
  11. ^ a b c Rusli, Evelyn M. (April 1, 2011). "Bessemer Venture Partners Closes $1.6 Billion Fund". DealBook. The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2023.
  12. ^ a b c Kawamoto, Dawn. "Venture capital firm shares blunders". CNET. Retrieved February 5, 2023.
  13. ^ a b Harris, Jennifer (January 16, 2013). "Bessemer closes $1bn, third party fund". Infrastructure Investor. Retrieved February 5, 2023.
  14. ^ "Why Bessemer Venture Partners launched a buyout fund". Fortune. Retrieved February 5, 2023.

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