Steve has more than 30 years of business-building experience, specifically in the areas of corporate finance, sales, marketing and technology. He has been responsible for eight startups throughout his career, taking them from inception to commercialization and in several cases leading to successful liquidity events.
Most recently as CEO at TeleSign, Steve raised $79MM in growth capital and lead TeleSign to become the #1 Company in the Two Factor Authentication and Digital Identity category. Starting with 12 employees and single digit millions in revenue, TeleSign grew to 300 employees and more than $100MM in profitable annual revenue.
Steve was also chairman and CEO of Vantage Media, an online digital marketing firm, where he and his investment partners raised $80MM to acquire in Vantage February 2007. Vantage Media grew into one of the largest performance-based online marketers in the country. As president and CEO of FrontBridge Technologies, Steve took the company from a startup to a global leader in SaaS email security services. Raising a total of $28MM of funding, this allowed the team to build a broad portfolio of services combined with the largest global distribution footprint in the email security category. This lead to the successful sale of FrontBridge to Microsoft in August 2005 for more than $200MM.
Specialties: - Helping start-ups grow fast - Ensuring that the Go-To-Market strategy is the right one. - Raising money (I've raised more than $200m) - Product strategy - Sales and marketing strategy - Attracting the right people to win
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|May 1, 2016||TechCrunch - Strengthening authentication through big data|
|Apr 5, 2016||Beta News - Behavior ID strengthens mobile and web security|
|Feb 19, 2016||MobilePayments Today - TeleSign to provide Orange with mobile identity services|
|Feb 19, 2016||SoCal - Tech - TeleSign Partners With Orange|
|Jan 20, 2016||SoCal - Tech - Telesign Adds Behavioral Analysis For Authentication, Verification|
|Jul 29, 2015||Business Wire - TeleSign Speeds Mobile App Verification with Simple, Secure Auto Verify|
|Jul 29, 2015||SoCal - Tech - TeleSign Rolls Out New SDK|
|Jun 4, 2015||ZD Net - Turn It On: How to enable two-factor authentication for over 100 websites|