A New York VC Spotlight: Bob Goodman


Bob Goodman

Since his start as an entrepreneur, Bob Goodman has found repeated success in the telecommunications field. While he is currently a founding partner for Bessemer Venture Partners’ New York office, Goodman is the former CEO of Celcore Inc., a wireless equipment company that sold for $167 million to DSC Communications, and the Caribbean-based company, Boatphone.

When he joined Bessemer Venture Partners in 1998, he was joining one of the oldest venture firms in America, which currently manages more than $4 billion in venture capital invested in more than 130 countries.  Since his start there, Goodman has served as director for Flarion Technologies and BroadSoft, amongst others, and is currently a board member for telecom and cloud management companies such as Millennial Media, Intigua and SilverSky.

Goodman continuously ranks on Forbes Midas List of top tech investors.

He received a BA from Brown University and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School.

VC Firm:

Founding Partner of the NY office and General Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners (Founded in 1911)


Ad Technology, Cloud Computing/Software, Data Infrastructure, Hardware, Healthcare and Mobile/Communications.


Millennial Media
Vasona Networks, Inc.
Thinking Phones Network
Met Council
The Play Group Theatre
The National Venture Capital Association

Selected Investment:


Flarion sold to Qualcomm for $600 million
BladeLogic sold to BMC for $854 million
IAG Research sold to The Nielsen Co. for $225 million

Expertise Areas:

Entrepreneurship, Investments, Operations, Information Technology, Software, Telecommunications and Digital Media.

Blogs, Twitters & Websites:

Contributor on Bessemer Venture Partners’ Blog

Memorable Quotes:

On the importance of growth rate:  “Investors, employees and partners aren’t buying into your current company as much as they are investing in some future version of your business, and growth rate determines the size of the business at that future period.”

On cloud computing:  “We have really begun to focus on our thesis in the past few years –the virtualization of everything.  It’s the ability to manage applications across the cloud and the private data center, and move between them.  We began investing in technology to keep enterprise functionality up and running in the cloud – these companies are smoking now.”

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About the author: Stephanie Santana

After receiving a dual degree in magazine journalism and anthropology, Stephanie moved to Korea to teach English to elementary students for two years. During her time there, she started a website for salsa dancing in Korea, BusanSalsafied.com. She is currently an editorial assistant at AlleyWatch and is happy to back in New York at an exciting time for startups.  She likes to document her experiences here: stephaniesantana.tumblr.com.

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