Bob Goodman joined Bessemer in 1998 and is the founding partner of Bessemer's investment office in Larchmont, New York. He focuses on investments in software, communications, and health care IT. Prior to joining BVP, Bob founded two successful telecommunications companies: Celcore, Inc., a wireless equipment company, acquired by Alcatel through the acquisition of DSC in 1997; and Boatphone, a group of cellular operating companies in the Caribbean. Having acted as CEO in both companies, Bob brings the uncommon combination of entrepreneurial, operating and investment expertise to his portfolio companies. As a venture capitalist, Bob has been involved in building many successful companies including leading the first rounds for Flarion (acquired by Qualcommn) and Bladelogic (acquired by BMC). Bob is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Broadsoft, GTS, Netsmart Technologies, SelectMinds, Siano Mobile Silicon, Syncsort, and Ziff Davis Enterprise. Bob's former portfolio companies include ART Advanced Recognition Technologies (purchased by Scansoft, now Nuance), Flarion Technologies (purchased by Qualcomm), Bladelogic (IPO, then acquired by BMC), IAG Research (acquired by Nielsen), Nistevo (acquired by Sterling), Octave Communications (purchased by Voyant, then Polycom), System Management ARTS (SMARTS, purchased by EMC), Taqua (purchased by Tekelec), Telica (purchased by Lucent), and Zensys (acquired by Sigma Designs). Bob holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. In his personal time, Bob serves on several non-profit boards including The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and The Play Group Theatre.