“Steve and the team at Sapphire are a great resource for a CFO approaching the capital markets. They gave us great advice on market terms and negotiating leverage points for our most recent venture debt financing.” - Dan Wassel, CFO, Socrata
Steve is a managing director at Sapphire Ventures, where he is responsible for capital markets activities. His areas of technology interest include hardware, automotive technology, sports technology, financial technology and technology-enabled services. Steve also provides strategic oversight of the firm’s finance, operations and legal functions, and he served as a board director for Recommind. Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures, Steve was a managing director in technology investment banking at Deutsche Bank, UBS and Jefferies, where he led more than 100 financings and M&A transactions.
Earlier in his career, Steve was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and worked in technology corporate finance at Robertson Stephens. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with highest honors, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a JD from Stanford Law School. During his time at Stanford, Steve was a fellow at the Stanford Center for Conflict and Negotiation and worked for the San Francisco 49ers on salary cap modeling. He also serves on the Bay Area Leadership Council for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Steve is based in our Palo Alto office. He has also lived in London, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and traveled extensively throughout Europe and China.