Steven R. Sponder

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My passion is creating businesses that positively impact people’s lives. To that end, since starting my career, I have founded and co-founded 8 Restaurants and 2 Information Technology businesses. My restaurants have served a variety of regional cuisines from Cajun, Italian, Caribbean to Craft Burgers. My restaurant creations have appeared in publications including USA Today®, The New York Times®, Bon Appetit® and GOURMET Magazine®. The Nation’s Restaurant News® selected me for a Marketing Excellence Award and credited me with developing a Team-Service system used in restaurants throughout the world. The restaurants I’ve created and co-created over the past 30 years have served millions of satisfied guests – including 5 U.S. Presidents. I have also been the founder of two Information Technology companies – one selected by Microsoft® Corporation for a joint-venture partnership, and another backed by U.S. and European Venture Capitalists and selected for a partnership with AOL-Time Warner® before being acquired. During my joint-venture content partnership with Microsoft, my product was singled out and demonstrated by Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates and other Microsoft executives at keynote presentations. Microsoft’s Board of Directors also identified my company as one of their most valued partners. During my time as a technology entrepreneur, I also led the formation of strategic alliance partnerships with several companies including Oracle®, GE® and IBM®. In addition to my entrepreneurial endeavors, I have served on various Boards and select leadership positions. I currently invest and co-invest in businesses as either a passive or active partner.

Steven Sponder