Ethan Kurzweil, a vice president in the Menlo Park, Calif. office, joined Bessemer in 2008. He focuses on investments in consumer Internet, mobile and developer platforms.
Ethan has led investments for Bessemer in the consumer/social web (Playdom, Zoosk, Reputation.com, Piazza), developer platforms (Twilio, SendGrid, Crowdflower), advertising technology (adap.tv), and Skybox Imaging. He is also actively involved in Bessemer’s investments in Lifelock, Smule, Truaxis, Delivery Agent, and MashLogic. He currently serves on the board of directors of Piazza, Crowdflower and Sweet Labs.
Prior to joining Bessemer, Ethan worked on new customer acquisition and user retention at Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life. Previously, he held a series of positions at Dow Jones & Co., culminating in leading efforts to identify and launch new business ventures. He also managed the turnaround of the international editions of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones’ acquisition of full ownership in Factiva. While an undergraduate at Stanford, Ethan co-founded S-S-B Technologies (now SSB-Bart Group), a provider of software and services that make the Web accessible to users with disabilities, and served as director of business development.
Ethan earned a BA from Stanford University – where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa – and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He serves on the Bay Area advisory board for New Leaders for New Schools, a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring high academic achievement for all students through recruiting and supporting great school leaders. And despite living in California, he is still a life-long Boston Red Sox fan.
Follow Ethan on twitter @ethankurz.