Steve started working with Pritzker Group Venture Capital in 2011. As a Strategic Advisor, Steve brings over 15 years of venture investment management leadership to Pritzker Group’s New York based efforts. PGVC’s Principlals have known Steve professionally since 1996, when a predecessor firm of Pritzker Group made one of its first venture investments in a company called AdOne. AdOne was Steve’s first entrepreneurial effort, which started life as an assignment in an Entrepreneurship class at Columbia Business School. After aggregating over a third of the newspaper classified industry online, AdOne was acquired by a Hearst led newspaper consortium.
In 1998, Steve founded Silicon Alley Venture Partners (“SAVP”), a pioneering seed stage micro VC fund focused primarily in the IT sector in the then emergent tech scene in the New York metro area. In 2006, Steve partnered with Greenhill & Company’s merchant bank, Greenhill Capital Partners, to co-found Greenhill SAVP, a traditional $100 million venture capital fund.
Recently, as part of the outgrowth of a two-year exploration of the venture ecosystem with PGVC, Steve founded Alpha Venture Partners, a growth and expansion stage venture fund. Alpha is a new type of venture fund which partners with leading early stage investors, accelerators, angels and entrepreneurs to quickly and efficiently provide capital in their fastest growing companies’ follow-on rounds.
Steve has led investments in dozens of companies from a variety of software, tech-enabled IT and Internet sectors; his firm was among the first institutional investors in Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ: MDSO); LivePerson (NASDAQ: LPSN); UGO (acquired by Hearst) and Datasynapse (acquired by TIBCO).
During his entrepreneurial career, Steve has been recognized a few times: as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award as well as being named in Crain’s Tech 100, Top 25 Players Shaping Silicon Alley and Top 40 under 40 among New York businessman. In addition, Steve has been a mentor at the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Blueprint Health, Startup Health, NYCEDC NYC Venture Fellows program, and Columbia Business School. Steve received a joint J.D. / M.B.A. from Washington University and a B.A. in economics from Duke University.