Steve Bennet is founder and managing director of Bodega Partners and is an active participant in the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem as start-up CFO, Angel Investor, and Professor.
Over the past 20 years, he has been CFO, investor, and/or board member of over 50 technology start-ups, primarily in the software, Internet, and mobile sectors. CFO roles include Callisto Media, Revel Systems, iControl Networks, Appstores (acquired by InMobi), Greystripe (acquired by ValueClick), Fliqz (acquired by VBrick Systems), Valchemy (acquired by IBM), GolfWeb (acquired by CBS Sportsline), Orbital Data (acquired by Citrix), TextDigger (acquired by Federated Media), and Pharmacy TV Network (acquired by RMG Networks). Some of these resulted in excellent financial returns to founders and investors, while others did not.
Steve has a passion for both entrepreneurship and education. He has taught entrepreneurial finance since 1995 and is currently adjunct faculty at San Jose State University. Previously, he was a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley. His focus is on experiential education and has developed new courses at SJSU, including the Entrepreneurship Lab (ELAB), Venture Lab (VLAB), and the Silicon Valley Experience. He is also on the Steering Committee for the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship and UCLA Venture Capital Fund.
Prior to and concurrent with Bodega, Steve was a Venture Partner at Outlook Ventures, Board Member of Sand Hill Angels, Partner at Menlo Incubator and held various financial and management positions at Bay Logics, Digital Microwave, and Arthur Andersen.
Steve earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. He blogs at www.professorvc.com and tweets @ProfessorVC.
WaterSmart Software, Board Member 2014 -present; Cross Coin Ventures, Partner 2014 - present; Menlo Incubator, Partner 2010 - present; San Jose State University, Professor 2006 - present; Sand Hill Angels, Board Director, Membership Chair, Investor 2005 - present; Bodega Partners, Managing Director 1994 - present; AppBistro, Board Director, CFO 2010 - 2012; Fliqz, Inc., CFO 2007 - 2011; TextDigger, Inc., CFO 2008 - 2009; iControl Networks, CFO 2004 - 2008; Pharmacy TV, CFO 2005 - 2006; Orbital Data, CFO 2003 - 2004; Outlook Ventures, Venture Partner 2000 - 2004; Stratex Networks, Senior Financial Analyst 1991 - 1992
Board Director; Finance
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