BVP ups Harder to VP


Bessemer Venture Partners has promoted Josh Harder to vice president. Prior to joining BVP, Harder worked at Accion Venture Lab and Ruma.

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MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), a $4 billion global venture capital firm, today announced Josh Harder’s promotion to vice president. In this role, Josh will continue to work closely with BVP’s investing partners to identify entrepreneurial opportunities in mobile, telecom, infrastructure and enterprise applications.

Originally based in BVP’s New York office, Josh joined the firm in 2014 with a focus on telecom, mobile and enterprise. Josh recently moved to the San Francisco office, where he will continue to build out the firm’s investments and help identify new roadmap opportunities and areas ripe for growth.

Josh works closely with BVP portfolio companies, including Fuze, Vasona Networks, Affirmed Networks, LightCo, Anaqua and Qwilt. He also helped lead investments in Disco (legal technology e-discovery), Verato (identity management), Bright Health (insurance), Smashfly (recruitment marketing) and SiSense (business intelligence).

“I’ve worked closely with Josh on several investments at BVP, as well as portfolio company projects and research in the mobile and telecommunications sectors. His experience has been an incredibly valuable addition to the firm, and we’re thrilled to recognize his talents with this promotion,” said BVP partner Bob Goodman.

Before joining Bessemer, Josh worked at Accion Venture Lab, an investment fund focused on financial services for the poor in emerging markets, and at Ruma, a mobile banking startup in Indonesia. Josh started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and has also worked in the mango and tea industries in Kenya and Rwanda. Josh holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a BA from Stanford University.

About Bessemer Venture Partners
Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) invests in early to growth stage startups, partnering closely with entrepreneurs to build market leading businesses. BVP is a global firm with offices in Menlo Park, San Francisco, Boston, New York, India and Israel. With $4 billion under management, BVP invests in innovative companies such as LinkedIn, Yelp, Skype, Pinterest, Blue Apron, and Rocket Labs. BVP’s track record of investments includes more than 115 IPOs, most recently Twilio, Shopify, Box, Mindbody and Wix. Follow us @BessemerVP.