My name is Steven Sponder. I am an entrepreneur and investor. I have founded, co-founded and invested in various businesses over the past 30 years. As an owner and investor in restaurants in California, Hawaii, Florida and Virginia, I have been involved with a variety of regional cuisines ranging from Italian to Cajun to Asian to American Regional in segments including Fast-Casual, Quick-Service, Casual Dining and Fine Dining. My restaurant concept creation and development projects have appeared in business and consumer publications including USA Today®, The New York Times®, Bon Appetit® and GOURMET Magazine®. The Nation’s Restaurant News® credited me with creating a Team-Service system now used in restaurants around the world. I’m proud that Restaurant concepts I created over three decades ago continue to thrive and have served millions of guests over the years – including 5 U.S. Presidents. As a technology entrepreneur, I founded two Information Technology companies – one selected by Microsoft® 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. In the partnership with Microsoft, my company’s solution for the hospitality industry was singled out and demonstrated by Microsoft’s co-founder (Bill Gates) and other senior Microsoft executives at keynote presentations. During my time as a technology entrepreneur, I led the formation of strategic alliances with several global companies including Oracle®, GE® and IBM®. I have also presented Business Plans in front of numerous institutional investors resulting in the successful raising more than $10 million in Venture Capital.
In addition to entrepreneurial pursuits, I have served on business, university and trade association Advisory Boards as well as spoken on a variety of entrepreneurial topics. I have also served as a Business Plan Competition judge. I am grateful for the entrepreneurs who guided and mentored me early in my career – and I in turn provide mentoring guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs.
I am always on the lookout for talented, hard-working individuals in need of an accredited equity investor with extensive business ownership experience. My process for investing in a business is straightforward. If you would like to have me consider investing in your opportunity, start by filling in this initial Request For Investment form. In addition to capital, I provide the businesses I invest in with guidance drawing upon my 30+ years experience owning businesses.