Technology incubator and mentor for startups focused on positive social change
Bear Valley Ski Area Acquisition
Global Leader in Blockchain Payments & Loyalty Innovations
Fastest, easiest, and safest way to buy Bitcoin and other altcoins.
Steve is serial entrepreneur and angel investor with a keen eye for emerging technologies trends and the business instincts to position companies in the critical path. In 2013, while running a successful mobile and eCommerce professional services firm, Steve founded GoCoin, the world's highest volume Blockchain payment and loyalty company processing up to 10% of the daily transactions on the Bitcoin network. GoCoin was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine as the "Hottest LA Startup" for 2014. Prior to GoCoin, Steve had a diverse 25-year career as a technology pioneer in mobile apps, eCommerce and Fintech landing multi-year contracts with industry giants DIRECTV, BlackBerry, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, TRW, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Honda, Microsoft, IBM, Wells Fargo Bank, Countrywide, Hughes, LIONSGATE Films, Creative Artists Agency and myriad state & federal gov't agencies. Steve has been COO of a publicly traded eCommerce business, conducted due diligence and made countless angel investments into startups, acted as strategic advisor to Fortune-500 C-level executive teams. Steve has delivered keynote speeches around the globe at mobile, eCommerce, Fintech and Blockchain currency events. He is often quoted in trade press and speaks at prominent universities such as USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, Chapman, Harvard, Oxford UK. Steve earned two bachelor of science degrees in Computer Science and accounting from Frostburg State University and, prior to moving to California, studied Computer Engineer in the Master’s program at The Johns Hopkins University.
We mentor businesses to help their growth. Cal-X Stars is a 5 year program for the top companies coming out of our 12 week Cal-Xelerator program. We follow the model established by Y Combinator the industry leader with some variations. We are the only business incubator tied to the Crowdfund TV Show and The California Stock Xchange. We believe in long term nurturing for businesses. We start with the Cal-X EquityNet www.equitynet.com business plan analysis and provide back a 15 page report of strengths and weaknesses, a probability of survival score and a customized 5 year mentoring and funding roadmap.
We mentor businesses and startup entrepreneurs through a 12 week period positioning each company for growth and follow-on investment. The most promising companies will be invited into the 5-year Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator program.
Peerspring - A marketplace that connects innovative YOUTH SOCIAL PROJECTS with funding sources.
Cloud based home inventory system where can safely store tagged photos of your posessions and the associated receipts. Critical to protecting your investments from loss and endorsed my insurance professionals.
KooDooZ.com - Crowdfunding platform for young achievers (Think of Kickstarter or Indiegogo for kids) Digital PA - Game changing movie and TV talent releases captured directly on iPad eliminating the inefficient paper based releases. Production companies and studio save not only in efficiency of capturing the release digitally, the releases are quickly accessed during post production for significant cost savings. Selected Smile - Platform for optimizing the Patient, Dentists and Labs from the selection of a new smile on the site, to the ordering of the new teeth with the lab. MovieSnap.com Mobile w/ GPS - Find theaters and movie listings near you from BlackBerry, Android or iPhone. Circa - Mobile game where players participate in an augmented reality treasure hunt to unlock hidden images at key GPS locations. LuxeYard.com - Members only private "flash" sales site for home decor, women's and men's apparel and art. TradeYard.com - B-2-B wholesale furniture site serving small regional brink and mortar stores. Cenoplex (fka: AdSnips) - Pre-call message insertion platform Phonesheet.com - Productivity solutions for high call volume executives and assistants. RONAstar - leveraging idle corp. assets -Production Ready City Sourced - Where citizens report community issues via iPhone, BlackBerry or Android to their local government for action. The Winning Index - mobile app to track your bets and help spot the trends along with your friends DocuHome - Next generation cloud based home inventory system. Tag pictures and associate tags to receipts of the valuable items in your home.
Software Incubator, REGARD Ventures infuses expert intellectual & tech. capital to software start-ups. Early-stage companies that need to transform ideas into a working proof-of-concept, or evolve a software product for angel or VC consideration. Our sweet spots are (i) mobility & social & eCommerce (ii) social networking / UGC & (iii) Cloud. REGARD Corporation and our off-shore subsidiary employ 19 yrs of expert software design, rapid application development, and commercial product launch experience to quickly build the entrepreneurs vision. REGARD Ventures is currently incubating KooDooZ.com, Circa, The Winning Index, LuxeYard.com, MovieSnap, RONAstar, CitySourced, Cenoplex, Phonesheet.com & SelectedSmile.com
Strategy thru execution at the intersection of Mobile, Social and eCommerce. REGARD builds and markets "socially" aware web and mobile Smartphone apps with eCommerce baked in. iPhone, iPad, Android. BlackBerry, Surface, etc. REGARD provides UI/UxD (responsive design), development and digital marketing services to ensure users are connected to a positive experience. REGARD clients include marquee brands such as Sony Pictures, DIRECTV, Ray-Ban, LuxeYard, Demand Media, Honda, and Home Depot to name a few.
Officer and executive leader for the fast growing first publicly traded (LUXR.OB) private member flash sale eCommerce company. Driving strategic growth through expanding categories; Womens & Mens apparel, Home Furnishings and Decor, Art, as well as M&A activities for the launch of new verticals. Managed existing and emerging categories and generally the glue between strategic sourcing, concierge buying, merchandising, production, finance, fulfillment, marketing, information technology and, most importantly, member care. Hired key managers and employees (roughly 40 people), established the buying teams for home and apparel, stabilized the aggressive flash sale schedule. In 6 short months grew the member base from zero to 700,000 members and over $1M in revenue. Conducted due diligence on acquisition targets and negotiated international alliances to expand into Asian markets. Exited the company's day-to-day operations as COO. Currently, helping the new interim CEO with strategic advise and remains an active shareholder.
Initially responsible for requirements analysis and solutions selection of comprehensive cross-functional multi-language, multi-currency business systems. Instrumental in the vendor down select process along with VP level Hughes executives. Overall project budget for a launch of service $500MM. Was selected to lead the in-country deployments for Mexico, Brazil and Guatemala. Responsibilities included allocation and scheduling of project management and technical resources across all countries. Provided daily reports to in-country business owners and VP & C-Level executives at Hughes.
Network & systems architecture, systems design, large scale high-availability redundant systems, data center consolidation, software development for projects that required a DOD clearance that I probably can talk about now without having to kill anyone ;-)