Ethan Kurzweil

Vice President
Bessemer Venture Partners
Ethan Kurzweil, a vice president in the Menlo Park, Calif. office, joined Bessemer in 2008. He focuses on consumer-Internet, Internet-services, mobile and Web-technology investments.

Ethan managed and is closely involved with Bessemer’s investments in Playdom (acquired by Disney), Zoosk, CrowdFlower,,, Twilio, Skybox Imaging, Mailrank and SendGrid. He serves as a board observer for those companies as well as Lifelock, Smule, Truaxis (formerly Billshrink), Delivery Agent, MashLogic and Nominum. He is currently on the board of directors of CrowdFlower, SweetLabs and Mailrank, an internal BVP incubation.

Prior to joining Bessemer, Ethan worked at Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life, on new-customer acquisition and user retention. Previously, he held a series of positions at Dow Jones & Co., culminating in his work for the CEO identifying and launching 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 founding director of business development.

Ethan earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in economics from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 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 every student through improved school leadership. Follow Ethan on twitter at @ethankurz.