Steve is passionate entrepreneur and technology investor with over 25 years of experience both launching and guiding start-up companies. Steve joined Serra Capital as a Venture Partner in January 2016 with an emphasis on further developing Serra Capital’s presence on the West Coast.
Steve began his entrepreneurial career by launching California Cheap Skates (CCS) at the age of 23, which grew into the world’s leading action sports e-commerce business selling to Foot Locker (NYSE:FL). Later, Steve joined the founding team of C2B Technologies, one of the Web’s first and leading product search engines which ultimately was acquired by Inktomi (Nasdaq:INKT) in 1998.
Subsequently, Steve joined his longtime C2B Technologies colleagues to form Integrity Partners, a boutique venture firm pioneering the now popular category of super angel investing. At Integrity Partners, Steve assisted in sourcing, analyzing, investing and guiding a portfolio of 15 early stage companies. Most notably, Integrity Partners became the founding investor of Baidu (Nasdaq:BIDU), the "Google of China", where Steve served as a Director and ultimately helped Baidu become the most successful foreign IPO in stock market history.
Throughout Steve’s entrepreneurial and technology investing career, he has participated in two IPOs: Baidu (Nasdaq:BIDU) and Lifelock (Nasdaq:LOCK), and he has transacted five public and five private company sales.
Education: Steve holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cal Poly and studied theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Board Memberships: SoGo Financial (2015 to present); IOVOX (2014 to present); Current advisory board memberships for TUUL, Paystand and Ruly. Past board memberships for Baidu, Synteleos, Rulespace, Respond TV and MarketRiders.