Steven R. Sponder

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My passion is creating businesses that positively impact people’s lives. 

Currently, I invest and co-invest in restaurants and other businesses as either an outside investor or active partner. I am also available for select leadership position s and and board roles. 

In the Restaurant industry, I am have founded and co-founded 8 successful Restaurants serving a variety of regional cuisines from Cajun, Italian, Caribbean, Vegan to Craft Burgers. I’m also proud that the restaurants I’ve created and co-created over the past 30 years have served millions of satisfied guests – including 5 U.S. Presidents. My restaurants 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 now used in restaurants throughout the world. 

In the Technology industry, I am proud to have been the founder and CEO of two Business Content companies – one backed by U.S. and European Venture Capitalists and selected for a partnership with AOL-Time Warner® before being acquired, and another selected for a joint-venture partnership by Microsoft® Corporation. My business-to-business e-commerce community for the Foodservice Industry was singled out by Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates and demonstrated by Mr. Gates and other top Microsoft executives at keynote presentations. Microsoft’s Board of Directors identified my company as one of their most valued joint-venture content partners. During my time as a technology CEO, I also led the formation of strategic alliances with several companies including Oracle®, GE® and IBM®.

In addition to my entrepreneurial endeavors, I have served on various Boards.  I am also committed to teaching as others have generously taught me when I started my career –  so whenever available, I advise and mentor aspiring restaurateurs.

Steven Sponder